Actor Matthew McConaughey joined volunteers in West Los Angeles last week to cook, prepare and serve more than 800 hot meals to first responders who battled the wildfires across Southern California.
McConaughey partnered with Operation BBQ Relief to deliver the turkey dinners to more than 20 local fire houses 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 said.
“Being able to provide meals to the men and women who put themselves on the line is an honor for me, Jimmy and Eddie Russell [Wild Turkey master distillers],” McConaughey said in a press release. “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.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department gave McConaughey, who is Wild Turkey’s creative director, and his team a shout-out on Instagram following the event saying, “Huge thank you to Operation BBQ Relief and #matthewmcconaughey for donating trays of delicious BBQ to our crews around the city.”
The group also cooked an additional 800 dinners to deliver to homeless shelters in the area.Anyone interested in donating or learning more about the organization can visit Operation BBQ Relief’s website.