The 96-year-old Hollywood legend was photographed purchasing multiple red plaid winter coats from a store before donating them to his local nonprofit.
Numerous celebrities support charities with their resources and power. They feel a great drive to give back to the community and do so by working on large-scale campaigns with reputable nonprofits or by starting their own charitable organizations from scratch. One such generous star is the renowned actor Dick Van Dyke, who is well known for often performing small yet heartfelt acts of kindness.
Dick Van Dyke, 96, continues to prove he has a heart of gold as he buys coats and drops them off for those in need https://t.co/vszuf0spse— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) October 29, 2022
Van Dyke was recently seen buying coats for people in need before dropping them off at his favorite nonprofit organization, reports Daily Mail. The 96-year-old Hollywood legend was photographed purchasing multiple red plaid winter coats from a store before personally delivering the clothing to his preferred charity. The renowned "Mary Poppins" actor is said to have been spotted pulling a cart full of the clothing, before placing them into his car. A little while later, the vehicle was seen parked outside the nonprofit where Van Dyke dropped off his recent purchases. People who came looking for the organization's services would have undoubtedly been moved by the star's generosity as they returned with brand-new coats. The celebrity is often seen engaged in charity at the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, which helps connect job seekers and companies.
The latest instance of Van Dyke's efforts to help those in need came just weeks after he was spotted outside the same Malibu building distributing $5 bills to homeless people and job seekers. In addition to giving out money, the actor from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" also took the time to talk to numerous employees and cheer up the local homeless individuals. "Whenever I have some fives I come by," Van Dyke told reporters at the time as he prepared to leave in his car. "You can't do it all the time, though," he joked. One of the employees at the center praised the icon by saying, "Just call him an angel from God."
Van Dyke—who has a long history of engaging in charitable causes—is a well-known supporter of the organization and was first seen there in May 2021, distributing money among job-seekers and people experiencing homelessness. After Jessica Van Dyke, the actor's granddaughter passed away from Reye's Syndrome in 1987, he produced a series of television commercials to alert people to the risk to kids. Van Dyke continues to serve as the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation's spokesperson to this day. Furthermore, he has devoted over 20 years to volunteering at The Midnight Mission, a century-old shelter in Los Angeles, according to Look To The Stars. He reportedly visits the shelter every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and on other occasions in between to offer support and cheer.
Van Dyke has seven grandchildren and shares four children with his ex-wife Margerie Willet, whom he wed in 1948 on the radio program "Bride and Groom" before getting a divorce 36 years later. After 30 years of togetherness, his longtime partner Michelle Triola Marvin passed away in 2009. Van Dyke married former makeup artist Arlene Silver in 2012 and the couple has been together ever since. Earlier this year, they were seen dancing and singing together in their "Everybody Loves a Lover" music video for Valentine's Day. The music video features the star adding his own flair to the popular 1950s song and fans could not get enough of the icon dancing, winking at the camera, and joking around with naked sculptures. The video concludes with Silver and Van Dyke sharing a loving embrace and kiss.