Durant made the pledge and then asked his over four million followers on Twitter to give as well.
Kevin Durant @KDTrey51 “Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 for $10 donation to help tornado victims in #OKC #okwx”
The Thunder star had previously sent this message out.
Kevin Durant @KDTrey5 “Praying for the victims of the Tornadoes in OKC these last few days..Everybody stay safe!”
After Durant stepped to the charity stripe with cash, so did the Thunder. OKC matched the donation with another million. The release from the Thunder is below.
Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21 – The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Thunder Cares Foundation today announced a joint donation of $1 million to benefit the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as well as other disaster relief organizations, to assist in relief efforts for those affected by the tornado outbreaks in central Oklahoma this week. The funds will be used to give direct and immediate support for those in need, covering essentials such as food, water and shelter in the days and weeks to come.
Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett issued this statement on behalf of the Thunder organization:
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastation that has occurred within our community this week. We are focusing Thunder resources to help where we can in the relief efforts and to support the organizations that are on the ground assisting those affected by this week’s storms. Even with so much loss, the strength and resiliency of this community have once again been on display, and we will continue to work together as our community and state recover from this disaster.”
Anyone wishing to assist with relief efforts is encouraged to call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit http://redcross.org to donate to the Red Cross, or go to http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok to donate to the Salvation Army.