Seniors Play Bingo With Matthew McConaughey
It could be argued that if any one group of people were to be singled out as most severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, or at least from a physical and mental health point of view, then that group would have to be senior citizens. A category of people running a particularly high risk of fatal consequences upon contracting Covid-19, older individuals, and especially those being cared for in frail care facilities for the aged, are having to navigate a very difficult set of circumstances, oftentimes involving being allowed no visits from children and grandchildren for weeks and weeks on end.
But a pandemic like the one currently disrupting life and livelihood does tend to result in particularly humbling shows of raw humanity. And it’s exactly this type of humanity that lived and breathed through Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey as he led the citizens of a Texas retirement home in a few rounds of Bingo a couple of days ago. Virtually, of course.
Celebrity-Style Virtual Bingo
Matthew McConaughey made for quite a few laughs and even swoons among elderly residents in quarantine at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living centre in Texas in the U.S. on Monday when he treated the centre’s residents to a few rounds of virtual Bingo with a celebrity-style twist. McConaughey was joined by his wife Camilla, his mom Kay, and two of his three children as he called the numbers with the help of broadcast and conferencing platform Zoom.
The actor’s surprise game of virtual Bingo was met by residents holding up hand-written messages of gratitude thanking the actor for his very special show of warmth and humanity. The centre described the actor’s act of kindness as a humbling experience during a time when everyone is working hard at making “lemonade out of lemons”.
In addition to calling the numbers in his unique southern-style accent, the actor shared with residents some interesting facts about his heritage and about his most favourite drink in the world.
McConaughey’s show of kindness is the latest in a long line of similar deeds and gestures to have emerged from a truly devastating past couple of months. Senior centres are perhaps hardest hit of all by the virus and individuals have managed to keep in good spirits despite the imminent threats of extreme loneliness and mortality thanks to visits by therapy dogs, a husband surprising his wife on the day of her 84th birthday and even a granddaughter showing off her engagement ring to her grandfather through an outside window at the centre where he lives.
Proof again that kindness truly does save us from ourselves.