Tyler Perry received a very special honor at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night (Jan 18).

The entertainment mogul was presented with the Favorite Humanitarian Award.

Through the Tyler Perry Foundation, he has donated millions of dollars to organizations such as Feeding America, the NAACP, Charity Water, and many more, in an effort to help eradicate homelessness, support civil rights causes, and aid survivors of devastating natural disasters.

During his acceptance speech, Tyler reminded everyone why helping others is so important:

No matter how dark it gets, we all have to be the light for each other. You turn on your phones, you turn on your televisions, you’re met with darkness – you don’t need to search for it, it searches for you.

You have to be careful not to let it into your heart…if you let it in, you can become cynical…what is so important is that we all understand that no matter what we’re going through, we’re going through it together.

Watch the moment below:

 

Congratulations on an honor well deserved!