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Deadly tornados tore through several Oklahoma communities on May 19, 20 and 31, 2013. These are the stories of natural disaster and its aftermath, and of communities healing and recovering.

Aid Pouring In From CHK, American Legion, Kevin Durant

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Joe Wertz
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StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma City energy giant, a veterans group, and a superstar athlete have each announced three separate $1 million gifts to aid storm relief efforts following Monday's tornado that killed dozens in Moore.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced this morning it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the rescue and recovery efforts in Moore.

The oil and gas company says it's also organizing hundreds of employee volunteers to help in the relief effort.

Board chairman Archie Dunham says the company is providing ``all possible assistance'' using Chesapeake's equipment, machinery and resources. The company is also using its ``Operation Blue'' employee program that allows workers to volunteer four hours on company time. 

The American Legion says it's allocating $1 million to help veterans affected by the tornadoes. The organization plans to use the money to cover relocation expenses for veterans and their families who may have lost homes in the disaster. Veterans needing emergency assistance can call (800) 504-4098.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant pledged $1 million dollars for tornado relief Tuesday morning through his family foundation.

American 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.

Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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