Millions of Dollars Pledged to Support Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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."

"." Associated Press 05/21/2013. "." Associated Press 05/22/2013. "." UPS Press Release 05/22/2013. "." Walmart Press Release 05/21/2013. "." mGive Foundation Press Release 05/22/2013. "." Love's Travel Stops Press Release 05/22/2013.