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Taco Tuesday: LeBron James Dropped Three Thousand Dollars On Tacos To Feed California Fires First Responders

As Los Angeles firefighters worked through the night this Tuesday, to squash the blaze that has already burned through 600 acres, at least eight homes, and has caused damage to six, basketball star LeBron James thought of a simple and heart-warming way to help —and it involved hi love of #TacoTuesday and Mexican food.

LeBron James Sent Tacos To Getty Fire First Responders

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The Los Angeles Lakers star rented out a taco truck to feed first responders on Tuesday, a gesture that was welcomed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, “Thank you @KingJames, for generously sending a taco truck to support our @LAFD firefighters, first responders, and partner agencies working to fight the #GettyFire,” Garcetti, wrote on Twitter.

The city of Los Angeles is close to James’ heart, and so is Taco Tuesday, his favorite day of the week. 

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on August 15, James’ company LBJ Trademarks filed the application for future potential business ventures, including downloadable videos, podcasts, marketing, blogging and online “entertainment services, namely providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos and social media posts in the field of sports, entertainment, current events and popular culture.”

Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Patent Office didn’t approve of James’ patent request, and his attempt to trademark “Taco Tuesday” was denied because the phrase was already a “commonplace term.”

While the NBA star couldn’t acquire Taco Tuesday for his own personal gain, it was pretty awesome to see James using the term for good.

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Mariscos Jalisco confirmed on Instagram that James had indeed rented out their services, and a rep for the Mexican food truck told The Blast the athlete paid $3,000 from his own pocket, to feed about 150 officials on the scene. 

“Shout out to @KingJames for generously sending over a taco truck to support our LA firefighters, first responders, and law enforcement folks that have been on the front lines fighting the #GettyFire,” California Governor Gavin Newsom, wrote on Twitter

Mariscos Jalisco is a famous Boyle Heights Taco Truck.

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Though Garcetti didn’t share many details about the food truck, highly-rated Mariscos Jalisco took to Instagram to share the news. The taco truck shared their location as Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Mexican mobile restaurant is actually pretty well-known in the Hollywood circle and have hosted taco parties at John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s home in the past. After receiving James’ call, the truck got to work and cranked out over 600 tacos for the 150 officials at the scene, and we’re told nobody went hungry.

LeBron and his family were one of many families who were forced to evacuate after the Getty Fire broke out early Monday.

“Man these LA ???? aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! ????????‍♂️,” he wrote on Twitter on the harrowing night he was forced to evacuate. 

“It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate,” James said, who after getting an evacuation alert at 1:30 a.m., packed up and found temporary lodgings at around 4 a.m. Monday morning. “You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get, or what you can do,” he said in an interview about the whole experience.

He also tweeted a message of support for the firefighters and police officers racing to the scene.

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“My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best! ????????????????,” he wrote.

In Northern California, firefighters are battling the Kincade fire, the state’s largest active wildfire.

In NorCal,first responders and evacuees in Sonoma County have been receiving hot meals courtesy of chef José Andrés’ non-profit World Central Kitchen, along with chefs Tyler Florence and Guy Fieri. On the menu for Tuesday, the organization tweeted that chef Chris Cosentino has been roasting up some local pumpkins.

The fires ignited as Southern California was facing an extreme fire danger due to strong winds. Red flag warnings were in effect across California.

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For the first time ever, an “extreme red flag warning” was in effect in Southern California for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Gusts as high as 80 mph were expected. In Northern California, the massive Kincade Fire has grown to more than 76,000 acres. By Wednesday morning, it was 30% contained and had damaged or destroyed about 200 homes and other buildings. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said about 365,000 homes and businesses were without power after the utility cut electricity to some areas to avoid starting new wildfires.

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