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OKC Thunder, Thunder Cares Foundation donate $1 million to tornado relief

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Published: May 21, 2013

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Thunder Cares Foundation have made a joint donation of $1 million to benefit the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, the team announced Tuesday.

The joint donation also will aid other disaster relief organizations to assist in relief efforts for those affected by the tornado outbreaks in central Oklahoma this week.

All 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.

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

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