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James Woods uses Twitter to help families find Camp Fire survivors


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James Woods has won acclaim playing villainous characters in films and TV, and more recently he’s become a villain to liberals for regularly going on Twitter to trumpet his conservative politics and his support for President Trump.

But on Thursday, the sometimes controversial actor played the role of a hero that people from all political viewpoints could embrace. He turned his Twitter account, @RealJamesWoods, into a site to help families search for loved ones missing in the devastating Camp fire in Butte County.

Tens of thousands of residents raced Thursday to escape the deadly wildfire which had burned 20,000 acres, destroyed thousands of structures in Paradise and was only 20 percent contained as of Thursday night.

Starting around 1 p.m. Thursday, Woods, 71, reposted the tweet of someone looking for their handicapped father, spreading the message to his 1.84 million Twitter followers, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

This took my breath away. Let’s find these people. Please put any info regarding lost love ones on @Twitter and add this hashtag in the body of your tweet. Then I and my many followers will retweet. pic.twitter.com/gEej3YbXHC

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018

What followed was an influx of heart-wrenching tweets from people looking for family members, or for pets.

Woods was back at it early Friday morning, sharing a photo from someone looking for his grandparents and from a woman looking for her mother-in-law who didn’t make it out of the community of Magalia safely with other relatives.

Missing: Rick and Marsha Krebs. Picture below They live in Magalia and haven’t been heard from since the evacuations started. Please contact 415-559-3782 with any information. #CampFireJamesWoods #CampFire https://t.co/wMvblnJ6Cl

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018

Missing: Melissa Estalilla/Shelby, pictures below Contact: @maesterkrabs #CampFire #CampFireJamesWoods https://t.co/eKybOvkgBR

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018

Woods tweeted to his “wonderful followers”: “I want to thank you for your extraordinary efforts tonight connecting people with lost loved ones in the terrible #CampFire. Your thousands of retweets of invaluable information literally saved lives. God bless you all. #CampFire #CampFireJamesWoods.”

Woods also shared the good news Friday that a man named Eddie had been found after Woods shared a message from his cousins that he was missing. A man’s aunt and uncle, who are in her 70s, also had been found, though they had spent the night in their car, not knowing if their house was still standing.

#Found! Great work, followers. #CampFireJamesWoods #CampFire https://t.co/Mg61pOESiB

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018

Good news https://t.co/QpwBccdmMm

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018

The Record-Searchlight said Woods posted more than 100 tweets related to the Camp Fire. The tweets included a message from Bay Area resident Lorrie Ballard who was searching for her parents. They had told her they didn’t think they needed to evacuate when she last spoke to them at 10 a.m. Thursday.

HELP track down parents!!! They should’ve …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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