Thunder star Kevin Durant makes $1M tornado pledge; how you can help
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.”
On Monday, Durant sent a message to his 4.1 million Twitter followers with Red Cross donation information.
Here are some of the ways you can help:
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is operating shelters and delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The organization has a website called Safe and Well to help loved ones find each other. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10; donate any amount online or by calling (800) RED CROSS.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has volunteers on the ground. A tax-deductible donation can be made to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry online or by calling (405) 942-3800. You may also send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA is providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations in Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at (800) 678-7255, or by check to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Or donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.
The Salvation Army is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, as well as in other locations in the Plains and the Midwest that were impacted by the tornadoes. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation by phone at (800) SAL ARMY. If you’re sending a check make sure you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK. 73157.