The McConaugheys donated about 80,000 face masks to first responders in Austin and New Orleans to keep them safe while they put their put their lives on the line during this crisis.
Matthew and Camila Alves McConaughey are doing their bit to help support those on the front lines of our battle against the pandemic. The celebrity couple has joined arms with Bethenny Frankel's disaster relief initiative BStrong to address an issue that's putting the lives of first responders and medical professionals at risk: the shortage of protective equipment. As a gesture of appreciation, love, and concern for these brave individuals, the McConaugheys have now donated about 80,000 face masks to first responders in Austin and New Orleans to keep them safe throughout this crisis.
"Matt and I were able to get approximately 80,000 masks, and it’s a combination of surgical masks and KN95 masks that will be distributed between Austin and New Orleans, where they were getting hit pretty hard as well," Camila told PEOPLE. "It was important for us to make sure that here in Austin, not just the hospitals got them, but also the police department and the fire department as well. In this moment, we've got to find ways to help both sides because they're all on the front line right now and we can’t afford to lose any of them."
The couple personally delivered the supplies to their destination in Austin on Thursday, explaining that they wanted to do so to ensure quality control. "We're doing in-person delivery because I need to know the quality control is there. We are delivering stuff to the Police Department in Austin, and then the Fire Department and Sheriff's Department as well. We are making sure the Austin area is covered in that sense and then New Orleans will be getting them in just a few days," said Camila. The 38-year-old declined to reveal monetary contribution her family made to get the supplies but stated that she hopes to inspire others to take similar action.
"This is not about raising the hand and saying, 'Hey, I've put this much money in it.' This is about raising the hand and making people aware that this exists," said the Women of Today founder. "It took me over two weeks to find this cause, so it's about raising the hand and saying, 'This exists and guess what? Still time to help.' And if you can't help with this, find your own avenue where you can help and feel useful during this time." Since the start of the virus outbreak, BStrong has helped in 15 U.S. states, distributing over 17.5 million masks.
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Camila explained that she chose to join arms with the initiative because it's important to her to participate in something where she can personally see where the supplies reach. "I spent over two weeks talking to different manufacturers, researching, talking to people in China, talking to manufacturers here in the United States that had turned facilities to producing masks, but for whatever reason, it didn't give me the level of confidence to make that larger donation with them," she said. "Then I came across what BStrong is doing and I immediately got in touch with Bethenny. As soon as I got off of that call, I was immediately like, 'That's the place that we are going to support,' because they're working with things that are 'FDA approved' only, they know what they're doing, the logistics are there, the lawyers are there, they have quality control in place, and they are delivering."
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"I've been talking to chiefs of police, chiefs of the fire department, and different government officials, and the challenge that's happening now is that you place an order but things don't show up or the wrong things show up," the mother-of-three continued. "It was very clear to me that the work BStrong is doing is happening, it's the right thing and 100 percent of the money you put into it goes towards getting the items." Camila also urged others to do their bit in supporting those on the frontlines of the battle against the virus outbreak, with the reminder that no good deed is too small.
Thanks to @Bethenny for joining @BRProudNews live this morning and breaking some news! Matthew & Camila McConaughey set to announce partnership with the #BStrong Initiative to get PPE to hospitals in Louisiana, Texas @McConaughey— Gerron Jordan (@GerronJordan) April 7, 2020
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"I think that finding a purpose of helping also helps people get through this time. If you have the ability to donate, you can still make a difference and go to BStrong and help there. If you don't have the means of donating dollars, but if you have the means of donating your time or volunteering or calling people, that's okay too. Maybe it's checking on your neighbor or neighbors every time you're going on a grocery call so there's less people going out. It could be reading a book to your neighbor's kids over FaceTime so your neighbors have a break. It's finding ways that we can all help each other," she said.
#BStrong is so grateful to @iamcamilaalves & @McConaughey for getting involved in this fight & donating funds for 80K protective masks to be distributed to the warriors on the front lines of this pandemic who are risking their lives.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) April 10, 2020
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