Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey joined volunteers in West Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 1, to prepare, cook and serve more than 800 hot meals to first responders who battled the wildfires across Southern California.
The bourbon company where McConaughey serves as the creative director, Wild Turkey, cooperated and donated $50,000 to Operation BBQ Relief to deliver the turkey dinners to more than 20 local firehouses as part of its annual “With Thanks” campaign.
“Our initial reason for coming here was going to be to say thank you to the first responders that stopped the Woolsey Fire last year. But … another fire, quite a few, have come,” McConaughey told ABC Los Angeles station KABC.
“We’re giving them meals they can eat right now, also meals they can put in the freezer and eat as they come back home in the days to come,” McConaughey said in a video posted by Operation BBQ Relief.
Owing to the first responders, all evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday, Nov. 3, and 70% of the wildfires have reportedly been contained, ABC News reported.
McConaughey is also among the few Hollywood stars that has positive comments on President Trump. He used to argue in 2017 that Americans should learn to be “constructive” even if they do not agree with the president in an interview with the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.”
“Even those who most strongly disagree with his principles, or what he’s said and done. Which is another thing: we’ll see what he does compared to what he had said. No matter how much you disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive you can be because he’s our president for the next four years—at least.”