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John Cena will soon be appearing in movie theaters everywhere for his latest Hollywood role as a firefighter—so he is now sharing his fortune with the firefighters who are currently combatting the California wildfires.
The former WWE wrestler published a video to Twitter last week saying that he planned on donating $500,000 to a charity that will benefit California first responders.
Cena himself plays a firefighter in the movie Playing With Fire, which is due in theaters on November 8th—so Cena asked the film’s production company Paramount Pictures to pick the charities to receive his donation.
“Right now, California is in dire straits,” Cena said in the video. “It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide, which means our first responders are working around the clock and they need our help.”
Upon asking himself how he could help, Cena said: “I want Paramount to do me one favor. 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.”
Not only did Paramount Pictures select Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the California Fire Foundation as the donation recipients, the film studio also volunteered to match Cena’s donation and contribute $500,000 of their own to the cause, bringing the grand total to $1 million.
This is not the first time that Cena has shared his wealth with the nation’s heroes—with fans donating more than a half-million dollars to the Fit Ops nonprofit organization for US veterans, Cena also donated more than $500,000 to the charity in celebration of Veteran’s Day.