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Fall sends people into a festive mood. Some are beginning to deck the halls early, others are basking in the tones of fall and autumnal flavors. Either way, there is a pull for good company and comfort food. Some, such as Matthew McConaughey, take the opportunity to warm their hearts and bellies and spread cheer by helping unsuspecting strangers by providing meals.
The star has also been fully involved in their “giving back” ventures these past 3 years.
That meant the 48-year-old spent his birthday helping to hand out more than 4,500 butterball turkeys to residents of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, last year.
“Thank you for being here and giving up your Saturday for this,” he said to volunteers, according to The Baltimore Sun. “We believe in our family that the more you’re thankful for, the more you’re going to create in your life to be thankful for.”
Residents were stunned and so grateful for the surprise visits, and he helped to spread joy throughout the community.
This year, Turkey is back on the menu, and McConaughey and Wild Turkey are back on the menu, partnering with Operation BBQ Relief to deliver food to first responders and homeless people in Los Angeles, California.
“Teaming up with Operation BBQ Relief as part of the Wild Turkey ‘With Thanks’ has never been more meaningful,” McConaughey said, according to 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.”
Eddie Russell, who is the master distiller for Wild Turkey, said “Wild Turkey is founded on community — from our tight-knit group of distillery employees to the townspeople who have supported us through the years.”
“To honor that spirit,” he added, “every year we recognize people who perform extraordinary acts to support their communities — and do it with conviction. We are grateful to have our Creative Director Matthew McConaughey to help us take action and give thanks again this holiday season.”
Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief’s co-founder and CEO, expressed the group’s gratitude for working with the distillery to bring some relief to the community in Southern California.
“We are so fortunate to be working with Wild Turkey for the ‘With Thanks’ campaign to shine a spotlight on First Responders across the country,” Hays said. “Part of our mission throughout the year is to support these men and women as they are responding to severe situations in their communities.”
“BBQ is comfort food and reminds people of good times. These hot meals we are preparing uplift the spirits of the first responders for their hard work each and every day.”
A total of 1,600 meals were served by the group, giving half of the first responders and the remaining 800 to the homeless. Wild Turkey also posted on the video of Operation BBQ Relief, revealing that for future efforts they would donate $50,000 to the group.
Matthew McConaughey Reveals Why He Decided To Give His Son This Biblical Name
Nine months is sometimes insufficient to pick out a right name. The name you are given is the one which stays with you for life. While a few may have a choice of changing it later on, most of us stick to our given names. Finding a name that a baby can grow into which is both meaningful and unique is quite a task. There are beautiful names like Matthew or John with deep meaning but too popular.
Most parents seek a name with a biblical reference. Most American presidents with the exception of George Washington had a biblical name of some form- John Quincy Adams, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Warren G. Harding and Dwight Eisenhower. A celebrity status does not pull you away from a life of faith. It might come as a surprise that celebrities prefer to name their children after the bible. One such notable public figure who is known for his stellar performance is Matthew McConaughey. Name of Mathew’s elder son is Levi. Young Levi, who celebrated his 9th birthday this year, is named after the actor’s favorite Biblical verse.
The name Levi is biblical: Matthew 6:22, “If thy eye be single, thy whole body will be full of light,” is the biblical verse the actor’s life is shaped on. While deciding on baby names, Levi was one of the six options. A second choice was Matthew Jr, for a son. Levi was the name which was chosen after comparing the baby’s time of birth with the bible verses. Matthew, who was on Good morning America, said “We find out he’s a boy when he’s born. You’re not thinking about the name, right?” he continued. “An hour later, the doctor comes up and he hands you that card to fill out: ‘Blank was born at 6:22 p.m.’ So we went, ‘It’s Levi.”
Matthew McConaughey speaks on faith: Winning an award is the best form of appreciation a performing artist receives. In the world of cinema, one of the highest honors is winning an Oscar for best performance. Glimpses of the actor’s mettle show when they deliver an acceptance speech. In over the 100 speeches made, there are a pitiful few instances of gratitude to the Creator, specifically as little as 14 in the 30 years the annual award ceremony have been in existence. Matthew McConaughey did not shy away from thanking the Lord for giving presenting such opportunities in life which led him towards success. He said, “First off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.” “He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late (British actor) Charlie Laughton, who said, ‘When you got God you got a friend and that friend is you.'”
The general perception now is that biblical values on marriage, family and brotherhood are outdated ideals which are not relevant to the current times and situations. Happy marriages are viewed as mythical and a post published recently in a famous site said, “These days, a happy marriage requires a serious commitment of time and energy that can be hard to maintain”. Such a reason sounds cowardly and not good enough to be considered as a valid point. Matthew spoke about his marriage to Camilla Alves saying before tying the knot, both took time to understand what the institution of marriage stood for. He said in an interview, “did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. [They] talked to [their] pastor. In the end, [their] understanding was, ‘Let’s go make a covenant, with you, me and God.'” Citing that he wanted to be married not because it was something everyone in love did but, “You know, I didn’t want it to be just a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together.” In fact, inscribed on his wedding band is the verse from Matthew 6:22: “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”
Matthew is starring in a soon to release fantasy film “The Dark Tower”, a motion picture adaptation of a popular Stephen King series. Speaking of his role, Matthew said that it was new to him, playing a dark character known as Walter or The Man in Black. “He’s not the devil, but he’s the devil impersonated.” “The story is I’m trying to bring down this tower that holds the universe together. Idris [Elba] plays The Gunslinger. He’s the only man that can keep the tower from falling and the only guy that can kill me. And you gotta go see the movie to see if he does that,” said McConaughey.
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Things You Never Knew About Matthew McConaughey
Are you the ultimate Matthew McConaughey fan? Well, did you know these interesting facts about him via Moviefone.com:
In 1995, the actor also starred in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,” opposite a then-unknown Renée Zellweger. McConaughey’s big break came the following year in 1996’s “Time to Kill,” alongside Sandra Bullock. After meeting on set, Bullock and McConaughey dated for two years.
Matthew McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin and had plans to study pre-law, go to law school, and eventually become a criminal defense lawyer! Coincidentally, he ending up portraying a criminal defense lawyer in “A Time to Kill” (1996) and “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011).
He auctioned off his 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette on Ebay and donated all the money to Oprah’s Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief funds. In 2006, McConaughey rescued a cat from two youths who had doused it in hairspray and were attempting to set it on fire.
McConaughey has a thing for bongo drums. In March 2012, when English rock band The Cult performed in Austin, Texas, McConaughey went onstage and played bongo drums with them for two songs. And he loves his music. The actor played Brazilian music for eight straight hours in the delivery room to help his now-wife, Camila Alves, give birth to their first child, Levi.