Wild Turkey "With Thanks" 2019 with Matthew McConaughey and Operation BBQ Relief Photo credits: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Wild Turkey

Matthew McConaughey Helps Prepare 800 Meals for California Wildfire First Responders

Matthew McConaughey recently helped to give back to firefighters battling California wildfires. In partnership with Operation BBQ Relief and volunteers from Wild Turkey Bourbon, McConaughey assisted in preparing 800 turkey dinners for California firefighters.

McConaughey, the creative director of Wild Turkey, takes part in the company's "With Thanks" outreach program each year. This year, Wild Turkey is supporting first responders across the U.S. McConaughey was joined by Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell.

McConaughey and Wild Turkey had originally planned to host an event in Los Angeles for National First Responder's Day to honor the first responders involved in battling last year's Woolsey fires. But with the current emergency situation in California, the group changed plans.

"Teaming up with Operation BBQ Relief as part of the Wild Turkey "With Thanks" has never been more meaningful," McConaughey said in a statement. "Little did we know when planning this annual event that California, my second home, would once again be hit with devastating fires...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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The actor also helped prepare and package another 800 turkey meals for local homeless shelters.

McConaughey used Facebook Live to encourage folks to donate and volunteer to help Operation BBQ Relief's efforts.

In 2017, McConaughey and Wild Turkey delivered 4,500 turkeys to residents in Lawrenceburg, Ky., the hometown of the whiskey brand. Last year, McConaughey joined Wild Turkey to surprise Hurricane Harvey first responders in Houston, Texas with a turkey dinner.

In addition to his acting career and charitable efforts, McConaughey is staying busy as a faculty professor at the University of Texas.

Now you can follow along with even more of McConaughey's ventures. The proud Texan just joined Instagram.

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