“Little did we know when planning this annual event that California, my second home, would once again be hit by devastating fires," McConaughey said.
Actor Matthew McConaughey is doing all he can to help the Los Angeles first responders who are battling the ongoing California wildfires. According to Today, the actor has teamed up with disaster relief organization Operation BBQ Relief to provide hot meals for weary firefighters. McConaughey and the Wild Turkey team ( a Bourbon brand of which McConaughey is the creative director) were initially set to be in town to host an event in honor of National First Responder’s Day and to recognize those who helped fight last year’s devastating Woolsey fire. However, the most recent fires meant they had to tweak their original plans a bit.
Matthew McConaughey Helps Cook and Deliver Meals to First Responders Battling California Fires https://t.co/AtThzLteQ9— People (@people) November 2, 2019
“Teaming up with Operation BBQ Relief as part of the Wild Turkey ‘With Thanks’ has never been more meaningful,” McConaughey said in a press release. “Little did we know when planning this annual event that California, my second home, would once again be hit by devastating fires." McConaughey then added, “We are grateful to be here today to say thank you, shine a light on their unwavering conviction, and hopefully inspire others to get involved and help in their own communities."
STAR POWER: Actor Matthew McConaughey joined volunteers in Los Angeles to cook, prepare and deliver more than 800 hot meals to firefighters battling wildfires in Southern California as the Maria Fire in Ventura County spreads to more than 9,400 acres. https://t.co/R0g6ZJ1dIR pic.twitter.com/6OUdKbyzH7— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) November 2, 2019
On Friday, volunteers who came out in support of the first responders cooked and prepared around 800 turkey dinners, which was then immediately sent over to 20 firehouses filled with first responders who have been battling the flames since they began last month. An additional 800 dinners were then prepared for local homeless shelters. The press release also states that an enthusiastic McConaughey even got behind the grill and from there he went on Facebook Live to encourage people nationwide to show their support for Operation BBQ Relief.
Helping people in need is not something new for McConaughey. Last year, McConaughey and the Wild Turkey team thanked first responders from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surprised them with turkey dinners. And the year before that, McConaughey visited Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Wild Turkey’s hometown, to deliver more than 4,500 turkeys to residents. Also, Operation BBQ relief has also been helping people for a while now.
According to their website, "Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition BBQ teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel. We were able to serve over 120,000 meals over 13 days."
Actor Matthew McConaughey was among volunteers serving meals to first responders battling LA wildfires.— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 3, 2019
This family saw the first home they ever owned burn to the ground in the wildfires https://t.co/yKU6gqgXvA pic.twitter.com/t48lN2bM6j
From 2011 to now, they sure have come a long way. "Food was delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities, and the Humane Society. Volunteers loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas. The operation was made possible by all who contributed food and supplies and funding from across the country. Operation BBQ Relief continues to respond to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel."
I love this !— Angela Andrews (@AAndrews0812) November 3, 2019