The Fast & Furious actor is promoting a "30-day selfless challenge" and helping out where he can, telling PEOPLE: "I’m just trying to encourage people"

By Adam Carlson
December 11, 2020 06:52 PM
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Tyrese Gibson is giving back — and encouraging others to do what they can as well.

Earlier this week, while shooting the upcoming film Dangerous in Kamloops, Canada (costarring Scott Eastwood), Gibson realized he would have three unused hotel rooms available to him on a frigid night, which he offered to a family of six who was homeless.

The Fast & Furious actor and rapper posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday where he talked about the decision and the importance of helping others, especially this year, amid a deadly pandemic and economic turmoil.

"I hope that they come in here and feel blessed," he says in the video of offering up his room, which was happily accepted by the family.

Gibson, 41, tells PEOPLE: "I’m just trying to encourage people."

(He also notes he did not want to film the family for social media, sensitive to their privacy, though some of their voices are heard. The next day, Gibson says, his agent reached out to double-check if he'd given up his hotel rooms — indeed he had, he said.)

In his video, Gibson presents a "30-day selfless challenge" to his followers.

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"We have never lived in a world like the world we’re living in now, where some of the most talented, smart, brilliant, educated and capable people are all out of work — losing everything they’ve ever worked for in their lifetimes," he says in the video.

He continues: "You may not have the money but we are all very capable of doing more. If you see someone sleeping outside in the freezing cold, don’t turn a blind eye. Do something. Buy them blankets, give them food, warm water, something. Anything."

Gibson, who recently launched the travel business VoltronTravel.com, has also been giving away $1,000 and plans to for 30 days.

He tells PEOPLE, "I think we could all do more."