Matthew McConaughey Surprised First Responders In Texas With Free Turkey Lunches

“Today’s about saying thank you.”

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  • Matthew McConaughey gave out free turkey lunches to first responders in Houston on Sunday.
  • It was part of his partnership with Wild Turkey, where he is creative director.
  • He surprised firefighters, police officers, 911 dispatchers, and emergency room staff.

    Matthew McConaughey is known for representing Texas, and he gave back to the Lone Star State in a big way over the weekend. The Oscar winner surprised first responders around Houston with free turkey lunches and inspiring speeches, and thanked them for their work after a devastating hurricane last year.

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    Wild Turkey Gives Back 2018 With Matthew McConaughey
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    It was part of a collaboration with Wild Turkey, where he serves as creative director. He took part in their annual Wild Turkey Gives Back day; last year, he gave out turkeys in the company’s hometown of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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    McConaughey surprised firefighters, 911 dispatchers, emergency room doctors and nurses, and police officers on Sunday, which was National First Responders Day. He also met with Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, who gave him a shoutout on Twitter for his good deeds.

    Matthew teamed up with to give back to Houston’s heroes.

    Honored to welcome him to our city and thank him for spending time and recognizing our , , and 911 dispatchers for their service.

    — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner)

    This year, McConaughey surprised first responders who took action last year during Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Wild Turkey has also donated $10,000 to Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization that trains military veterans and first responders and sends them to areas in need. (If you want to donate, .)

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    “I’m Texas born and raised, so acknowledging the hard work and dedication of first responders in Houston is meaningful to me personally,” McConaughey said in a statement. “Over the past year alone with the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the Carolinas and Florida and the fires in California, the number of heroic men and women on the front lines of natural disasters is staggering.”

    Wild Turkey Gives Back 2018 With Matthew McConaughey
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    He also posted two live videos from the event, in which he talked about the importance of first responders. “Today’s about saying thank you to these people that were all on the front line, and got out there to rescue people first,” he said in a video.

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