‘Angel from God’: Dick Van Dyke, 96, seen handing out $5 bills to jobseekers and homeless in Malibu
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA: Not all heroes wear capes. The ‘Mary Poppins’ legend Dick Van Dyke, known for his golden heart, was recently pictured spreading happiness and giving out cash to job seekers and the homeless in Malibu.
Assisting his favorite nonprofit organization, Malibu Community Labor Exchange, the 96-year-old ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ actor took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with job seekers and elicited some smiles by handing them $5 bills on Thursday, October 13. "Whenever I have some fives I come by," he told DailyMail. "You can't do it all the time, though!"
The actor was surrounded by a small group of people who appeared eager for some pearls of wisdom in an otherwise casual chat. When a reporter asked him about his charitable contribution, Dyke said he loves to see them smiling. An employee at the center then chimed in, "Just call him an angel from God."
Dick Van Dyke, 96, hands out cash to job seekers and homeless https://t.co/KjBMhASR8Y— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) October 18, 2022
Dyke seemed to be in good spirits as he smiled and laughed with the homeless. For the outing, the legend wore a long sleeve polo shirt with gray pair of Under Armour sweatpants and black slip-on shoes. Established back in 1990, the Malibu Community Labor Exchange works with employers to find them perfect job seekers as per their requirements. As of 2010, the organization had helped register 5,000 workers and helped many more find jobs, according to its website.
The actor, who is a grandfather to seven, is said to be a big fan of the organization and is often seen visiting the center. He was previously photographed handing out money at the center just a day before father’s day in May 2021. When the reporters asked him about it, the actor said, "I'm just glad to still be here!"
Besides his charity endeavors, the Emmy-winning actor has stayed active and is clearly making the most of his time. Before making his way into the cinema industry, he served in the US Army during World War II. He rose to fame with 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' (1961-66), 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (1968), and most recently, 'Mary Poppins Returns' (2018). The actor is now just an Oscar away from the coveted EGOT status.
A year before, Dick showed off some of his dance moves and encouraged other elderly stars to keep on moving. “All you old guys out there, listen to me, I’m telling you. You can keep going for — I’m still dancing — and singing!” he said in an interview on 'CBS This Morning'.