John Cena Donates $500K To Help First Responders Fight California Fires: ‘You Are Our Heroes’

As devastating wildfires continue to sweep California’s state, actor and WWE fighter John Cena steps in to assist. The star of “Playing with Fire” began by pledging to donate $500,000 to support the flames ‘ first responders.

This week, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Getty Fire has burned over 600 acres since it broke out early on Monday morning. The blaze threatened thousands of local residents, prompting a massive evacuation of thousands of people to flee Los Angles.

More than 10,000 houses and buildings have been affected.

Dozens of neighborhoods have lost power in the region, having an impact on health and safety. Moreover, the blaze is only the latest in a series of life-threatening fires where the Los Angeles Fire Department urged citizens to take the necessary precautions.

Cena took social media on Monday to record a video requesting assistance as he sends help to the brave men and women working to save California from further harm.

“As you may know, I have a movie coming out called ‘Playing with Fire,’” the 42-year-old actor said. “It’s a wonderful comedy I think the whole family will enjoy, and it showcases a group of people that I believe are heroes — first responders.”

“Right now, California is in dire straits,” Cena continued. “It is burning. It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide, which means that our first responders are working around the clock and they need our help.”

The star, who in the upcoming film plays a firefighter, called attention to the danger that continues to affect first responders across the country, calling on his company, Paramount Pictures, to assist him in helping the cause.

“Paramount is bringing you the movie ‘Playing with Fire’ and today I asked myself, ‘What can I do?’”

“I want Paramount to do me one favor. I want them to pick a charity. Pick a charity that aids our first responders as soon as possible.”

“On behalf of ‘Playing with Fire’ and out of respect to the people that I truly believe are heroes, my response will be to immediately donate half a million dollars to this cause,” he said in the video.

The part-time WWE wrestler emphasized how important it is to him to join with the brave Americans who continue to sacrifice for the safety of their countrymen.

“In times like this, when people are giving their lives, and working around the clock, what they need from us is resource,” Cena added. “This is the right thing to do, and I’m doing my part to help the cause.”

Fittingly, on National First Responders Day, he made his announcement, giving heartfelt thanks to those who regularly risk their lives.

“You are our heroes,” he said.

While he ended the video with a message of blessing, the actor pleaded with everyone involved to “please stay safe.”

Paramount Pictures released a response to Cena on Tuesday, naming the two worthy causes that will split Cena’s generous donation: the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and California Fire Foundation.

“Playing With Fire,” a family comedy, will open in theaters on Nov. 8.

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