Matthew McConaughey has taken some time just before his 50th birthday to meet with firefighters who are battling the California wildfires.
The “Magic Mike” actor, Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russel and some volunteers all came together for Operation BBQ Relief where they cooked and delivered meals to firefighters on duty.
McConaughey is also Creative Director for Wild Turkey and helped out preparing the 800 turkey dinners for the over 20 firehouses in Southern California. Another 800 dinners were also made for local homeless shelters.
“Huge thank you to Operation BBQ Relief and #matthewmcconaughey for donating trays of delicious BBQ to our crews around the city,” wrote the Los Angeles Fire Department on Instagram.
A press release said that the actor made many stops throughout the day where he listened to stories from the men and women returning from the frontlines.
The Wild Turkey “With Thanks” campaign is an annual event where they support first responders over the holiday season. Last year aid went towards those helping out after Hurrican Harvey.
“Little did we know when planning this annual event that California, my second home, would once again be hit with devastating fires,” McConaughey said in a statement. “Being able to provide meals to the men and women who put themselves on the line is an honour for me, Jimmy and Eddie Russell. 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.”