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John Cena Pledges $500K Donation To First Responders As California Wildfires Continue

As wildfires blaze in California and residents are forced to evacuate their homes, John Cena is giving back.

The WWE wrestler-turned-actor, who stars as a firefighter in the upcoming movie “Playing With Fire,” took to social media Monday with a pledge to help first responders who fighting the fires.

Cena posted a video to Twitter announcing he will donate $500,000 to the “heroes” fighting fires, in honor of First Responders Day. He revealed in a later tweet that the money will go to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the California Fire Foundation.

“I’m asking that today on #FirstRespondersDay we do everything we can to help those who risk their lives to protect us all,” he captioned the video.

“Right now, California is in dire straits,” Cena said in the video. “It is burning. It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide, which means our first responders are working around the clock and they need our help.”

Cena said that he asked himself “What can I do?” to help with the situation, and his answer was clear.

“I want Paramount to do me one favor,” he said of the studio releasing his upcoming movie. “I want them to pick a charity. Pick a charity that aids our first responders as soon as possible, and on behalf of ‘Playing with Fire’ and out of respect to the people that I truly believe are heroes, my response would be to immediately donate half a million dollars to this cause.”

Paramount did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

He continued: “In times like this, when people are giving their lives and working around the clock, what they need from us is resources. This is the right thing to do, and I’m doing my part to help the cause. I wish everyone the best of luck. Please stay safe, and you are our heroes.”

“Thank you for what you do,” Cena added in another tweet. “Help is on the way!!!”

In addition to Sonoma County’s Kincade Fire, a brush fire near Los Angeles’ Getty Center forced 10,000 homes and businesses to evacuate.

Celebrities are among the many Los Angeles dwellers who have had to flee the fires.

Kate Beckinsale evacuated her home at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, sharing a photo of the blazing wildfire to Instagram and wrote that she and here four pets were safe.

“Sending love and hope to everyone else who walked out of their house at 3 am to this, love and admiration to the @losangelesfiredepartment and most of all to David and Dorothy who didn’t need to remember in the middle of the night that I can’t drive but did,” Beckinsale captioned her post.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state’s governor from 2003 to 2011, shared on Twitter that he evacuated Monday: “If you are in an evacuation zone, don’t screw around. Get out. Right now I am grateful for the best firefighters in the world, the true action heroes who charge into the danger to protect their fellow Californians. #GettyFire”

His ex, journalist and author Maria Shriver, also shared that she had fled her home.

“So grateful to our firefighters putting their lives on the line for all of us,” her tweet read. “We have evacuated, but we’re safe. Praying for our neighbors.”

Food from the planned after-party was donated to the Red Cross.

 

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