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Kevin Durant donates $1 million to Red Cross for disaster relief

By Royce Young | NBA writer

In a big time of need, Kevin Durant is once again coming through in the clutch for Oklahoma City.

Per the Red Cross, Durant has given a $1 million donation to the Oklahoma tornado disaster relief fund.

The total number of dead is not yet certain, but according to CBSNews.com, 24 people, including many children, lost their lives in the tornado that ravaged Moore, Okla. An estimated 300 homes have been destroyed and early valuations have the damage totaling well into the billions of dollars.

On Monday, Durant tweeted, "Praying for the victims of the Tornadoes in OKC these last few days..Everybody stay safe!"

The NBA and the players' union also are coming together to add another $1 million donation for relief efforts in the Oklahoma City area. The joint pledge was announced Tuesday. The money will be going to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other disaster relief efforts, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Also, the Thunder and their Thunder Cares Foundation combined to donate $1 million to the relief effort.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastation that has occurred within our community this week," Thunder chairman Clay Bennett said. "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.”

The Red Cross is accepting $10 pledges from people who text "REDCROSS" to 90999. The organization's website also offers ways to help.

One thing I want to add about Durant's donation: It's almost not news. Because it's the least surprising thing ever. It's who he is. I knew it was coming. It was just a matter of whether the news would find its way to the public. If there's a professional athlete who truly gets it, it's Kevin Durant.

Primary Thunder sponsors Chesapeake Energy ($1 million) and Devon Energy ($2.5 million) also made donations.

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