Carrie Underwood Donates $1 Million to Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Oklahoma native graciously says she's able to give so much back thanks to her fans who paid to watch her in concert

By Bruna Nessif
|  Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 11:06 AM EDT
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Singer Carrie Underwood attends the 40th American Music Awards on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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This week's tornado in Oklahoma hit close to home for Carrie Underwood.

The Sooner State native has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts.

"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood said in a statement. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados."

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Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the Red Cross, said, "The impact of the tornados in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families. Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery."

Particularly large checks have also come from Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who pledged $1 million, and funnyman David Spade, who donated $200,000 to the cause.

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