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Matthew McConaughey, wife Camila to donate 80,000 face masks to COVID-19 frontliners

/ 05:20 PM April 13, 2020
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Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. Images: AFP/Roy Rochlin, Instagram/@camilamcconaughey

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves will be donating 80,000 face masks to health workers combating the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

“Our mission is to protect those who protect us, by providing healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, and others with approximately 80,000 masks needed to battle the [COVID-19] virus,” Alves said on her Instagram page last Friday, April 10.

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In line with their initiative, the couple already handed out two boxes of masks to frontliners in Austin, Texas, as seen in a video accompanying her post. Following precautions against the disease, the two wore gloves and face masks while keeping a safe distance from the workers when they delivered the supplies.

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Our mission is to protect those who protect us, by providing healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, and others with approximately 80,000 masks needed to battle the #COVID19 virus. Matthew and I, our friends Bill and Tracey Marshall have teamed up with the organization #BStrong. We are passionate about helping first responders from our hometown Austin – Texas, Louisiana and nationwide as we combat this national pandemic. #thisisacrisis We will not go quietly. We will #BStrong I am only sharing this in case if you all want to help as well it took me over 2 weeks of research to find the right organization and the work they doing so I wanted to share with you in case if it can inspire you as well to help, or inspire you to pick a lane to help others whatever that lane is even if your lane is helping your neighbor, calling people, emotional support, donations, volunteer …pick a lane and do it well! Stay strong this too shall pass… @officiallymcconaughey and I will be working with @bethennyfrankel, @globalempowermentmission, Bill and Tracey Marshall, @theellenshow, @billyjoel and many more on this amazing initiative – if you would like to help please see the link in my bio.

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Alves and McConaughey, joined by their two friends Bill and Tracey Marshall, partnered with the organization BStrong for the initiative. Aside from their hometown of Austin, they also plan to help frontliners in Louisiana and the rest of the country.

Alves explained that she only shared their effort on social media for those who may be looking for ways to help during the pandemic. She said that it took her over two weeks of research before finally finding a group she wanted to partner with.

The model also hopes their initiative inspires people to “pick a lane to help others.” Whether one’s “lane” may be through helping a neighbor, calling others, offering emotional support, donating or volunteering, Alves urges the public to “pick a lane and do it well!”

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Entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Joel and nonprofit organization Global Empowerment Mission will also be assisting the couple in the effort.

Prior to handing the masks, McConaughey hosted an online bingo game for senior citizens in Texas who are in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. JB

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