Actor Rob Lowe (of Parks and Recreation) opened his Santa Barbara home to several Thomas firefighters in California this past week and served them a home-cooked meal ion his kitchen. The Thomas firefighters are working to keep the Thomas fire from spreading to Santa Barbara. The actor posted a picture on his Instagram of the firefighters happily eating food at his home.
Lowe has been posting images of the blaze during his drive to and from work and has praised the efforts of the firefighters battling the Thomas fire. “Helping earlier today. You do what you can, but when it’s time.. You GO,” Lowe wrote. “Thank you to all the crews from all over the country who stood tall and saved my town. #respect #gratitude”
Lowe also sent his love and gratitude to the family of Cory Iverson, a firefighter who tragically lost his life fighting the fire earlier this month. He also had a picture of himself in full gear with a hose, fighting alongside firefighters.
The Thomas fire has affected more than 100,000 residents in California, forcing people to leave their homes and neighborhoods. It has burned 270,000 acres plus, make it the state’s third-largest fire since 1932.
But for one evening, Lowe opened his home and his kitchen to firefighters and let them chow down on spaghetti and meatballs. Recently, Lowe posted that he may be evacuated in the event the fire got any closer to his home.
“Praying for my town. Fires closing in. Firefighters making brave stands. Could go either way. Packing to evacuate now,” he wrote recently.
Celebrity chef Jose Andres is also offering his skills by bringing local chefs together to cook meals for firefighters.
“It’s very simple,” Andres said. “We are chefs and we know one thing, which is to feed people.” The cause has gathered many local chefs, and they have been cooking dishes such as bread pudding from donated ingredients.
Andres, who also volunteered in Puerto Rico after it was devastated by hurricanes earlier this year, said: “An emergency requires that we don’t plan, we don’t meet – we go, we find a kitchen, we get food, and we begin cooking and feeding anybody in need.”
The fires in California continue to rage on, with firefighters battling them as best they can. Many have donated their time, goods and efforts to help.
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