Dick Van Dyke is known for being one of the funniest Hollywood stars of all time, but what fans may not know is that in real life, the 95 year-old loves carrying out random acts of kindness for others. He showed that once again a few weeks ago when he did something truly kind for some strangers in need.
On every day of the week except for Sunday, people line up in front of the Malibu Community Labor Exchange in the hopes of finding work. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the line has only gotten longer, as more people are out of work than usual.
On March 30, Van Dyke drove up to the line and began handing out bills of money to the people trying to find jobs.
“He feels a huge amount of empathy for the families that have been affected by COVID, especially those who’ve been laid off and are trying hard to find a job to put food on the table,” a friend of Van Dyke’s told Closer Weekly.
Kindness has been a major theme in Van Dyke’s life, and before he became a star, he even thought about becoming a minister while growing up in Missouri.
“I have still endeavored to touch people’s souls, to raise their spirits and put smiles on their faces,” he wrote in his 2011 memoir.
The friend was not surprised by Van Dyke’s latest act of kindness, as it’s the kind of things he is often doing quietly behind the scenes.
“This isn’t the first time Dick has handed out cash to people in need. He’s a generous man who feels fortunate to be in the position he’s in today,” the friend explained. “It’s not about publicity or making himself feel good. He genuinely wants to help.”
Van Dyke, who celebrated his 95th birthday back in December, has been focused on protecting his health throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“He’s in good health and doing well. And it’s been easier for him to get out now that he’s been vaccinated,” said the friend. “It’s no surprise he has a reputation as being one of the most down-to-earth, kindest and most well-liked men in the community.”