Drew Barrymore gifted the Oregon fire chief who lost her home while battling the wildfires $10,000 — reducing the shocked firefighter to tears on her new show.
The actress left Christiana Rainbow Plews, 50, holding her hands to her face as she presented the Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Chief with the check on “The Drew Barrymore Show” Monday.
“I know it’s not enough but just a little start to say that you are an inspiration to us all,” Barrymore told Plews, who lost her home while leading volunteers battling the Holiday Farm Fire.
“Thank you Chief Rainbow for being the example to us all.”
Plews had told the host that her “community is completely devastated” by the wildfire.
“Blue River is completely gone,” she told Barrymore of the small town. “Not only all the homes, but all the businesses, including our fire station,” she said, with eight of her volunteer firefighters also losing everything.
Asked how she has remained strong, she told Barrymore, “Somebody has to do it. Somebody has to lead and somebody has to help get the healing and rebuilding process started.
“I am the chief and I am in the position to impact that, so I just have to be strong. I just have to do it for everyone else and hopefully we can all find our way.”
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