NBA superstar Kevin Durant (pictured) donated $1 million to the American Red Cross, after a calamitous tornado ripped through the Moore, Okla., on Monday, leaving dozens of people dead or injured, according to the New York Daily News.
As Durant, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, watched the catastrophic outcome of the tornado’s wrath on television while in Minnesota on a business trip, the 24-year-old player could not believe the devastation and destruction that the tornado caused to those so near to where he actually resides. According to the New York Daily News, Durant said, “As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see. I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. It’s unfortunate. We’re going to come together as a city like we always do and we’re going to bounce back.”
Durant has come to call Oklahoma City his home after living there for five years. The small forward, who is held in high regard by his midwestern community, planned on returning home Wednesday to lend a hand in the relief efforts.
And he was especially touched by the news of the children who had been killed or injured by the tornado. The 6’10” giant with a soft spot for kids told Kentucky.com, “Just to get to the hospital, see some kids,” Durant said. “Something. Just something to give some hope. Playing for the Thunder, we mean so much to the state. So many people support us, and I just want to go back and support those people.”
According to the American Red Cross, Durant’s generous contribution is meant to match other donations and to encourage those to open up their pocketbooks or wallets to give. The Thunder also announced a $1 million donation to the relief efforts, as did the NBA and players’ union.
If you’d like to help the OKC relief efforts, send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-733-2767.