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Matthew McConaughey launches Uvalde Relief Fund after visiting his hometown

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Matthew McConaughey and his wife have launched a fundraiser to support the families and friends of the 19 children and two teachers shot dead at an elementary school last week.

McConaughey, 52, was born and raised in Uvalde, Texas and his mother, Kay, was a teacher at St. Philip’s Episcopal School, just a mile from Robb Elementary School, where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire last Tuesday. .

Following the shooting, the Academy Award-winning actor released a statement calling for gun control, and on Friday he and his wife, Camila, made their way south from their Austin home to help comfort the community as they began. burying the young children.

On Thursday, the famous couple announced the launch of the Uvalde Relief Fund from their Just Keep Livin’ Foundation.

“Matthew and Camila McConaughey have been lying on the ground in Uvalde since the mass shooting in recent days, the loss is tragic,” reads the foundation’s Instagram page.

“While the spirit of the community is hurting, the unanimous support from families to families and strangers to locals is wonderful,” they wrote, adding: “After the initial shock, the city has now begun the funerals and mourning process.” , that will pass for the surviving children, families and the entire community.

“The community will need ongoing grief counseling and support on the long road ahead,” they continued, asking for donations to support bereavement and help families with funeral expenses and “other immediate and other long-term community needs.”

Dazed and Confused actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila have launched a fundraiser to support the families and friends of 19 children and two teachers shot and killed in Uvalde, Texas last week.

In a statement posted to Instagram on Thursday, the McConaugheys announced the launch of the Just Keep Living Foundation's Uvalde Relief Fund to assist with bereavement, funeral expenses and

In a statement posted to Instagram on Thursday, the McConaugheys announced the launch of the Just Keep Living Foundation’s Uvalde Relief Fund to assist with bereavement, funeral expenses and “other immediate and long-term community needs.”

McConaughey, center, visited Uvalde - his hometown - on Friday, just four days after the mass shooting.  He is pictured here with Uvalde school officials

McConaughey, center, visited Uvalde – his hometown – on Friday, just four days after the mass shooting. He is pictured here with Uvalde school officials

McConaughey has previously called for gun control in the immediate aftermath of the devastating shooting – after he was harassed by tweets asking him to speak out.

In a statement released Tuesday, the actor wrote: “As you all know, there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

“We have tragically proven once again that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

“The real call to action now is for every American to look longer and deeper in the mirror and ask, ‘What is it that we really value? How do we solve the problem?

“What small sacrifices can we individually make today to maintain a healthier and safer country, state and neighborhood tomorrow?”

“We cannot exhale again, make excuses and accept this tragic reality as the status quo.”

He then called on all Americans to “renegotiate our needs rather than our needs,” adding that “we must rearrange our values ​​and find common ground over this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.” ‘.

“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we’re on, we all know we can do better. We have to do better.

McConaughey has previously called for gun control after last week's mass shooting

McConaughey has previously called for gun control after last week’s mass shooting

The community of Uvalde, Texas is still reeling from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School - where 19 children and two teachers died.  A mourner who pays his respects to the victims here on Wednesday

The community of Uvalde, Texas is still reeling from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School – where 19 children and two teachers died. A mourner who pays his respects to the victims here on Wednesday

The community gathered on May 27 to light candles and lay flowers for the victims

The community gathered on May 27 to light candles and lay flowers for the victims

In his statement on Thursday, McConaughey noted that the community has received

In his statement on Thursday, McConaughey noted that the community has received “unanimous support from families to families and strangers to locals.” Here, residents and relatives watch as they gather around a makeshift memorial to pray for those who lost their lives

The front of Robb Elementary School was covered with crosses and flowers for the victims

The front of Robb Elementary School was covered with crosses and flowers for the victims

Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them went through.

“To those who have taken their loved ones to school without knowing that today was goodbye, no words can contain or heal your loss, but if prayers can comfort you, we will keep them coming.”

He went on to say that “it is time for us to re-evaluate and negotiate our wants and our needs” and that common ground must be found “above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.”

McConaughey concluded his statement with mass shootings “an epidemic we can control” and “for those who dropped off their loved ones today, not knowing it was goodbye, no words can contain or heal your loss, but if prayers can comfort, we’ll let them come.’

However, he offered no practical solutions to end the attacks — rather, he has dragged the line defending the Second Amendment, while also denouncing gun violence.

At a March for Our Lives event in Texas in 2018, McConaughey gave a passionate speech about his support for: some gun control.

But just a month later, he shared his fears a month later that the youth-led movement will be “hijacked” by those who hope to eliminate all guns in the United States.

“I have a lot of friends who are gun owners. I have many friends who are NRA. I grew up hunting. We had responsible gun ownership, but I learned how to properly respect those tools,” McConaughey said at the time.

McConaughey has since described himself as “aggressively centrist” and even considered running for governor last year before announcing he would not be on the ballot against incumbent Governor Greg Abbott.

Still, McConaughey said he was honored to be considered for the highest position in Texas state politics.

“It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder,” he said in a video posted to his Twitter in November. “It’s also a path I’m choosing not to take right now.”

He said he would instead continue to support “entrepreneurs, companies and foundations that I believe are leaders” and “create ways for people to succeed in life.”

However, McConaughey has not yet ruled out running for governor in the future.

To donate to the Uvalde Relief Fund, visit www.jklivinfoundation.org/uvalde

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