Matthew McConaughey returned to his hometown of Uvalde following Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 children and two teachers.

According to Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales, McConaughey met with families and community members on Friday at the Uvalde Civic Center.

Gonzales took to Twitter to thank the actor for “helping us heal,” and posted photos of McConaughey meeting with members of the Uvalde community.

“This week was a solemn reminder that evil exists in the world, but we will never let it break us,” Gonzales wrote on Twitter. “We’ll unite to be an even more powerful reminder that love never fails & together we can change things. Appreciate Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey helping us heal.”

Earlier this week, McConaughey posted a lengthy message on social media in which he urged lawmakers to address these all too frequent tragedies. 

“The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?’” he wrote.

McConaughey continued, “We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo. As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.”

Read McConaughey’s full response to the Uvalde school shooting below.