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Dodgers star Matt Kemp pledges additional $250,000 to Oklahoma tornado relief

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM   |   Comments

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May 22 (UPI) -- Matt Kemp, an Oklahoma City native, has joined other athletes who are donating money to Oklahoma tornado relief, after severe weather flattened communities and killed at least 24 people in the state on Monday.

The 28-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder first pledged $1,000 for every home run in a tweet on Tuesday.



In a letter posted to the blog of Chris Singleton, a former MLB center-fielder, on Wednesday, Kemp promised to donate another $250,000 to victims of the tornado.

Dear Families of OKC,

On Monday, out of concern and emotion I committed $1,000.00 for every home run I hit until the All-Star Break. It was a quick and small gesture in advance of what I knew would be my greater contribution through your rebuilding process.

I am keeping my pledge and in addition, donating $250,000.00. May God bless you through this and the many generous donations coming to your aid.

He also tweeted an extra message to the people of his hometown.



Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant donated $1 million to the Red Cross for tornado relief.
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