The Oscar-winner jumped behind the grill to prepare 1,600 turkey dinners for first responders and families impacted by the wildfires.

By Meghan Overdeep
November 5, 2019
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Leave it to Matthew McConaughey.

The Oscar-winner and Wild Turkey have joined forces with Operation BBQ Relief to thank the country’s first responders as part of the Kentucky-based Bourbon brand’s annual “With Thanks” charitable giving campaign.

The program kicked off Friday in Los Angeles where McConaughey (Wild Turkey Creative Director), and Master Distiller Eddie Russell and a group of volunteers prepared and delivered turkey dinners to the brave men and women battling the current wildfires in the area.

The Hollywood star helped man the grill to prepare 800 turkey dinners, which were then delivered to more than 20 firehouses. Volunteers also cooked and packaged an additional 800 dinners for local homeless shelters.

McConaughey and the Wild Turkey team had originally planned to be in Los Angeles to host an event honoring those involved in last year's Woolsey Fires, but things changed in light of the current emergency situation.

"Teaming up with Operation BBQ Relief as part of the Wild Turkey ‘With Thanks’ has never been more meaningful," McConaughey said in a news release. "Little did we know when planning this annual event that California, my second home, would once again be hit with devastating fires. 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. 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."

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This isn’t the first time McConaughey has volunteered his time to give back to communities in need. Last year, the Texas native helped Wild Turkey surprise Hurricane Harvey first responders in Houston with a turkey dinner, and in 2017, he helped deliver more than 4,500 turkeys to residents of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, including 500 turkeys to the local food bank.

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