95-year-old Dick Van Dyke was recently seen giving cash to the jobless in California.
The legendary actor, who was well-known for his role in Mary Poppins, went to Civic Center Way on March 30 to pay a visit to the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, a non-profit organization that helps people find employment.
People waiting in line probably could not believe what was happening when Van Dyke stopped by and rolled down his window, before starting to hand out cash.
It is unclear exactly how much he gave out in total, but one thing is for sure, those people he interacted with seemed incredibly grateful for the unexpected encounter. This comes at a time when many people in the United States are suffering financially due to the ongoing pandemic.
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In 2020, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and actor Leonardo DiCaprio were among many high-profile figures in the US to donate millions of dollars to Americans in need as the crisis took the bread from people’s hands across the country.
DiCaprio’s big project is called ‘America’s Food Fund’ and he launched it with Apple and founder of Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs. Their campaign was able to raise an incredible $12 million.
Oprah, Lady Gaga, and will.i.am were among the famous people to support the campaign, while Bezos donated $100 million to Feeding America.
In a social media post he wrote:
“Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately Covid-19 is amplifying that stress significantly
Non-profit food banks and food pantries rely in large part on surplus food from a range of food businesses. For example, many restaurants donate excess food. But during this time of social distancing, restaurants are closed, and many other normal channels of excess food have also shut down.
To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up.”
“Today, I want to support those on the front lines at our nation’s food banks and those who are relying on them for food with a $100 million gift to @FeedingAmerica.
Feeding America will quickly distribute the funds to their national network of food banks and food pantries, getting food to those countless families who need it.”
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