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Wednesday Video Spotlight: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and more Thunder players tour Moore areas hit hard by Monday's tornado

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 23, 2013 at 1:40 am •  Published: May 22, 2013

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant toured a southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood that took a direct hit in last Monday's F5 tornado to offer words of support and encouragement to homeowners and volunteers assisting with the relief effort. Durant walked several blocks along S Hudson, near SW 145, on Wednesday afternoon, May 22, 2013, and also visited Briarwood School, the heavily damaged elementary school in the same neighborhood. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant toured a southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood that took a direct hit in last Monday's F5 tornado to offer words of support and encouragement to homeowners and volunteers assisting with the relief effort. Durant walked several blocks along S Hudson, near SW 145, on Wednesday afternoon, May 22, 2013, and also visited Briarwood School, the heavily damaged elementary school in the same neighborhood. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

One day after donating $1 million to victims of Monday’s devastating tornado through his foundation, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant ventured out into the hard-hit community to brighten the day of those suffering through their darkest hours.

My fine colleague Darnell Mayberry reports that KD did anything and everything he could to bring a smile to as many faces as possible. He shook hands and gave hugs. He posed for pictures and signed autographs.

Not once did Durant turn down a request, graciously scribbling his signature on anything he was handed. A pair of shoes. A hat. A Thunder mug. A team program.

“I just feel for these families, man,” Durant said. “They don’t have a home. All their things are gone. I’m just lost for words, to be honest.”

The Thunder and the Thunder Cares Foundation also announced Tuesday a joint donation of $1 million to benefit the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army as well. Today, fellow Thunder star Russell Westbrook ventured out to tornado-ravaged parts of Moore on crutches to tour the damage and spread goodwill to the victims.

Today, Oklahoma City police escorted Thunder Coach Scott Brooks, General Manager Sam Presti and players Westbrook, Daniel Orton, Hasheem Thabeet, and Thabo Sefolosha around some of the heavily damaged areas, reports my excellent colleague LeighAnne Manwarren.

The Thunder group also visited with first responders at a command post in the Moore Fire Station, 2400 S Fritts Blvd. Officials took out their cellphones and started taking pictures while the players checked out operations. To read more of LeighAnne’s great story, click here.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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