OKC Thunders’ Kevin Durant Donates $1M For Tornado Relief

OKC Thunders' Kevin Durant Donates $1M For Tornado ReliefKevin Durant is truly an outstanding human being. According to CBS Sports’ Royce Young, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has donated $1 million to the Red Cross’ Tornado Relief fund.

‘This is so Durant’

NBA wunderkind or not, $1 million is a lot of cash. Durant earned approximately $17.5 million playing for the Thunder this past season (not including endorsements and the like), so his donation accounts for more than five percent of his principle salary. The Oklahoma City Thunder have matched Durant’s donation and have also pledged $1 million to the Red Cross “to aid with disaster relief,” according to Young.

Few people are prepared to devote five percent of their income to charity. Some just aren’t in a position to do so. But Durant is, and so he did. His contribution, however, is hardly surprising. Most would have been shocked if he didn’t pledge a lump sum to the cause, because this is so Durant.

‘Making a difference’

The unsuccessful attempt at anonymity is also vintage Durant. He didn’t publicize his donation or release a statement. He just opened his wallet to the city he represents and the family he loves in hopes of making a difference.

Durant could have stopped at tweeting his support. Urging others to dole out their hard-earned money could have been considered enough. For Durant, it wasn’t. He put his money where his Twitter handle was. He implored everyone to pitch in $10 and then ponied up $1 million of his own.

Do you admire Kevin Durant for his big heart and generosity for the Oklahoma tornado victims? Would you be able to do the same, too?


Source: Dan Favale, Bleacher Report

Image: UPI

Massive Oklahoma Tornado Kills 51

Massive Oklahoma Tornado Kills 51Rescue workers raced against time and darkness Monday night looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and leaving at least 51 people dead.

‘Second-most severe’

After the ear-shattering howl of the killer storm subsided, survivors along the miles of destruction emerged from shelters to see an apocalyptic vision — the remnants of cars twisted and piled on each other to make what had been a parking lot look like a junk yard. Block after block of homes were gone. Bright orange flames flew from a structure that was blazing even as rain continued to fall.

Bodies of those killed in the storm were being sent to Oklahoma’s office of the chief medical examiner, said the office’s Amy Elliott. At least 145 people were reported injured at three area hospitals.

The preliminary rating of damage created by the tornado is at least EF4 (winds 166 to 200 mph) — the second-most severe classification on a scale of zero to five — according to the National Weather Service. The tornado was estimated to be at least two miles wide at one point as it moved through Moore, KFOR reported.

‘Destructive weather’

The severe weather came after tornadoes and powerful storms ripped through Oklahoma and the Midwest earlier Monday and on Sunday. Forecasters had said that the destructive weather, which killed at least two people, was perhaps just a preview. Before Monday afternoon’s devastation, residents in areas hard hit by weekend storms were combing through rubble where their homes once stood.

An estimated 300 homes were damaged or destroyed across Oklahoma in weekend weather, Red Cross spokesman Ken Garcia said. As many as 28 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa, according to the National Weather Service, with Oklahoma and Kansas the hardest hit. Some of those reports might have been of the same tornado.

Have you ever been a victim of a calamity like this? How did you pull through your ordeal?

Source: George Howell. Gary Tuchman and Dana Ford, CNN

Image: News.com.au