As communities across Texas and Oklahoma work to clear the rubble and debris left by violent storms earlier in the week, including a devastating tornado that struck parts of Oklahoma City on Monday, killing dozens and injuring many more, a growing number of businesses, individuals, and organizations have pledged funds to relief and recovery efforts.
They include , which pledged $1 million in cash and in-kind contributions to help meet the needs of tornado victims in Oklahoma; and , which committed $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to the , , the , and the to implement a recovery plan in the Oklahoma cities of Moore, Cleburne, and Shawnee. The commitment by UPS is in addition to a $550,000 donation it made to the ARC's annual last month.
Elsewhere, announced $3 million in donations for immediate and long-term relief efforts in Oklahoma, including $1 million to the established by Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin and $500,000 to . The remaining $1.5 million will support a benefit event to help those affected by the storm.
On Wednesday, the reported that the and the had awarded $2 million to the , which will distribute the funds to its partner agencies working on tornado relief efforts. In addition, National Basketball Association star Kevin Durant of the pledged $1 million to the ARC, as did the Thunder and the and .
According to the , donations made via mobile phone for have topped $3.3 million, with the bulk of that — some $2 million — raised in just twenty hours.
"Officials say the recovery from this disaster will top $3 billion," said mGive Foundation executive director Jenifer Snyder, "and mobile donations give everyone the ability to help make a difference when we see the devastation in people's lives from a tragedy like this....We can all be everyday philanthropists, saving the world one text at a time."