Due to the increased risk of complications coronavirus can cause in more vulnerable populations, self-isolating for many senior citizens means no visitors at all—under any circumstances. That means they’re unable to spend time in the physical presence of family and loved ones for the foreseeable future.
This is why Oscar-winner and all-around A-lister Matthew McConaughey spent a weekend on Zoom hosting bingo for seniors at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living.
McConaughey and his wife, children, and mother, all crowded in front of the camera to play bingo and cheer for the players.
Virtual Bingo with Matthew McConaughey!
Ever play virtual bingo with #MatthewMcConaughey? You’d be a whole lot cooler if you did! The residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living got to play virtual bingo with #MatthewMcConaughey and his family! Thank you to Matthew, his wife Camila, and his mom Kay for hosting our residents for a few rounds of virtual bingo! Our residents had a great time playing, and they loved talking with Matthew about his family heritage and his favorite drink.Posted by The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living on Sunday, April 5, 2020
The video shows a rowdy McConaughey calling out the numbers while his family shouts with excitement. His wife, Camila Alves, snaps pictures with her phone.
“We got a I-24, I-24…” the actor says, and then two residents call “bingo!”
“We have two winners!” McConaughey exclaims as the video cuts to happy bingo players smiling from ear to ear in the grid view.
But Bingo Night isn’t McConaughey’s first compassionate gesture since the outbreak began.
In mid-March, the actor posted a video encouraging us to come together at this time and to take care of ourselves and each other.
because every red light eventually turns green pic.twitter.com/x05GuITW4J— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) March 17, 2020
McConaughey asks people to “turn a red light into a green light…”
“I believe that green light is gonna be built on the values that we can enact right now. Values of fairness, kindness, accountability, resilience, respect, courage. If we practice those things right now, when we get out of this, this virus, this time might be the one time it brings us all together and unifies us, like we have not been in a long time.”
The actor ended the heartfelt message with a call for positivity, “Let’s see if we can make some lemonade out of this lemon that we’re in the middle of, turn a red light into a green light—just keep livin’.”
The video made a real impression on the senior bingo players at Round Rock Senior Living. When the games were over, a staff member told McConaughey, “I wanted to say, from all of us, we want to continue to turn a red light into a green light.”
During a time when we are all working to make lemonade out of lemons, we are so humbled that Matthew took the time to play our favorite game with us. As Matthew would say, let's turn this red light into a green light!Posted by The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living on Sunday, April 5, 2020
The residents each held up a green card they’d prepared with a message for McConaughey, showing gratitude for the joy and inspiration the actor has brought to the world over the course of his career.
The facility thanked McConaughey and his family on Facebook: “Our residents had a great time playing, and they loved talking with Matthew about his family heritage and his favorite drink.”