Lakers star LeBron James decided to do something great with his Taco Tuesday tradition. The king of basketball sent taco trucks to the firefighters and first responders who fight against the California wildfires.
L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti thanked LeBron for his incredible gesture.
“More than anything my appreciation and loyalty to the first responders, those guys — men and women — are unbelievable, what they’re doing and their bravery throughout this time,” LeBron said. “And any time you’re dealing with such a situation like that, they’re the reason why things can be a lot less worse than they possibly could be. So, it’s an amazing job what they do and their commitment with what’s going on right now.
“It definitely takes a lot of bravery, a lot of commitment, a lot of sacrifice in any job that you take, but when you’re at the risk of your life any time you’re called upon, it’s a different type of mind state that you have to be in. So it definitely doesn’t go without notice and without appreciation.”
LeBron and his family were forced to evacuate their home when the wildfire got close to his mansion. The only thing he could take with him was his credit card and the passport. They checked three hotels before finding a safe place to spend the night. His kids missed school the next day, but LeBron got to work.
“We finally got out of the house after 2 o’clock and finally got somewhere to safety around 4 a.m. in the morning,” LeBron said after the Lakers’ shootaround Tuesday morning. “Didn’t get to sleep. We finally really got to sleep around like 6 a.m., 6:15. It just … it was crazy. It was crazy, to say the least. Three hotels were sold out and then the fourth one was able to get us in.
“Right now our area is still under the evacuation period so we’re in a hotel right now,” James added. “So we’re just waiting until it can be cleared and we won’t return until they give us 100 percent approval of clearance for us to go back. Luckily our house is still standing as of now, but we’re not in the clear. But we’re just taking all precautionary measures as a family and as a community as well. Everyone in Brentwood and around that area are just hopefully staying clear of there for now.”