Luke Grimes may be a superstar in the hit TV show Yellowstone playing Kayce Dutton, but his recent actions in the real world have shown that he is more than just an actor.
Grimes teamed up with the Jeff Ruby Family to bring relief aid to East Palestine residents in the aftermath of the toxic train derailment.
The Jeff Ruby family owns and operates Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, which is known for its award-winning steakhouses throughout the nation.
“Luke Grimes and his team reached out to discuss how we could jointly assist the people of East Palestine in providing resources,” Britney Ruby Miller, CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment who owns restaurants in Cincinnati Columbus as well in Kentucky and Tennessee said, according to Cleveland 19. “Our foundation core values are helping people during disasters with immediate relief so we knew we had to help those in East Palestine. Luke, an Ohio native was eager to partner for immediate impact. We are honored he chose us for the mission.”
Grimes and members of the Jeff Ruby family presented to Mayor Trent Conaway a donation of over $100,000, with The Jeff Ruby family contributing $50,000 of the donation.
They also distributed 250 water filtration systems from Hydroviv to East Palestine residents to further aid the community in getting clean water.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Luke Grimes and the Jeff Ruby Family. Their support will help us move forward toward our vision of a thriving and resilient community,” said East Palestine Mayor Conaway. “While our water is already safe to drink, the generous donation of water filtration systems will provide an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for our residents while further enhancing the quality of our water supply. We are grateful for everyone’s commitment to ensuring our community’s health and safety.”
Grimes, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, has also decided to donate additional proceeds from his newly released single, Oh Ohio, to relief efforts for East Palestine residents.
“Once I saw the news of the train derailment in East Palestine, I knew I had to do something to help the residents get back on their feet,” Grimes said, according to Cleveland 19. “With this visit and the dedicated fundraising, we hope we are able to continue to shine a light on this devastating incident and inspire others to step up and help too.”
The generosity of Grimes and the Jeff Ruby family has been met with gratitude by the residents of East Palestine.
The donation of water filtration systems will provide an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for the residents while enhancing the quality of their water supply.