Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant donated $1 million to the Red Cross for tornado relief on Tuesday, as first reported by Royce Young of CBSSports.com.
Red Cross' regional CEO Janienne Bella told the Associated Press that the organization was thankful for the three-time NBA scoring champ's "generosity."
Not long after the tornado devastated the town of Moore, Okla., on Monday, Durant tweeted that he was praying for the victims and posted a way for others to help.
Praying for the victims of the Tornadoes in OKC these last few days..Everybody stay safe!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) May 20, 2013
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) May 21, 2013
Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp, a native of Midwest City, Okla., also made a pledge to help the victims.
I'm giving $1000 for tonight's HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma
— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 21, 2013
More from the Associated Press:
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is pledging $1 million for tornado relief through his family foundation.
The American Red Cross announced Tuesday that the gift from The Durant Family Foundation is meant to match other donations and be an incentive for more people to give.
Red Cross' regional CEO Janienne Bella said the organization was thankful for Durant's "generosity."
The Red Cross is accepting $10 pledges from people who text "REDCROSS" to 90999. People can also donate at the organization's website.
On Monday, Durant sent a message to his 4.1 million Twitter followers with Red Cross donation information.