Actor Matthew McConaughey found a way to spread joy amid the coronavirus crisis as he and his family reached out to senior citizens under isolation.
The Oscar-winner responded to an invitation from residents of a Texas senior living facility to join them for a game of bingo, calling out numbers in a virtual session he hosted online Monday.
Seniors at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living joined the Texas native on Zoom where he enthusiastically led a game along with his wife, Camila Alves, his mother, and his children. The residents, playing from the safety of their own rooms amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, seemed to be having a great time.
“We got a I-24, I-24…” McConaughey called out in the video posted by the facility.
Richard and Charles apparently had bingo, as McConaughey acknowledged them.
“We got Charles… with the iPad up high….we got two winners!” the 50-year-old actor celebrated.
Residents and staff of the Enclave sent the actor an entertaining video request to the actor back in September, inviting him to come for a celebrity bingo night and assuring that “you’d be a whole lot cooler if you did.”
“This was a wish come true! The residents absolutely loved seeing Matthew and his family and enjoyed hearing him talk about what he’s doing to get through this crisis,” Molly Davis Nedley, sales director at the facility, told Austin’s KEYE-TV.
“It gave them hope and was the boost that they needed to get through this lonely, challenging time,” she said, explaining how employees and residents have not been able to connect as much because of the social distancing guidelines.
Grateful seniors showed McConaughey their appreciation after the game, honoring a recent message of hope that the actor shared in a video recently, calling for unity and encouraging people to “turn a red light into a green light.”
“I wanted to say, from all of us, we want to continue to turn a red light into a green light,” an Enclave staffer told McConaughey in the video as participants held up personal messages for him written on green cards.
“Thank you to Matthew, his wife Camila, and his mom Kay for hosting our residents for a few rounds of virtual bingo!” Enclave’s Facebook post read. “Our residents had a great time playing, and they loved talking with Matthew about his family heritage and his favorite drink.”
“The generosity and kindness Matthew McConaughey and his family showed our residents was beautiful, but more importantly we were gifted with a humble message from his heart,” William Swearingen, senior VP of sales and marketing at Spectrum Retirement, told “Good Morning America” in an email. “And for that, we will be forever grateful.”
The Facebook videos generated plenty of praise for McConaughey and Twitter users also weighed in on his generosity during this stressful time.
he’s genuinely one of the greatest humans of all time
— Dildo Baggins (@faptizer) April 7, 2020
This is probably the most #McConaughey thing I’ve ever heard.
— Adriana (@AgeVMoreno) April 7, 2020
faith in humanity restored
— Denis La Funk (@DenisLaFunk_) April 7, 2020
Alright, alright, alright.
— Bruce Wylie (@acecwylie) April 7, 2020
What a wonderful thing to do! All celebrities should be like Matthew McConaughey.https://t.co/mvAFVOBSYn
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 7, 2020
— Amalita (@amalistz) April 7, 2020
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