The Norman Transcript

Local news

December 19, 2013

VIDEO: Thunder players go on shopping spree with Moore families affected by tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY — When a EF-5 tornado hit Moore on May 20, help poured in from around the country.

Among other organizations, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been front and center in supplying support to the Moore community. That included donating to rebuild public outdoor basketball courts at Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools.

The Thunder continued its involvement Wednesday when the entire team played Santa Claus as they hosted its annual Holiday Assist Shopping Spree, and took 10 families directly affected by the Moore tornado on a holiday shopping spree at a Target in north Oklahoma City.

“It means a lot to all of us,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said, “being able to give back to the community. We all take pride in it. It’s my favorite time of the year. I am very grateful to get this opportunity.”

Each family was given $1,000 and assigned a player to take around the store and help them pick out any items they wanted. Durante had a pair of brothers.

Kendrick Perkins had 5- and 4-year-olds Alexander and Brian Dunn, who told him they get mad sometimes that they lost all of their stuff in the tornado. Perkins responded by telling them it’s OK to get mad sometimes.

“I always think about, ‘What if it happened to me? Wouldn’t I want someone to do the same for me?’” Perkins explained. “We’re always doing it from the heart.”

Nick Collison shopped with 5-year-old Annie Garbelman who knew exactly what she wanted.

“She got 12 Barbies,” an amazed Collison said. “She just kept throwing Barbies in the cart. She knew right away that’s what she wanted. She went straight to that aisle. That was quickest I have ever seen it. She just kept throwing them in. We ended up getting a winter coat, so I felt somewhat responsible. It was one of the most fun things I have ever done.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Music festival in its seventh year

    In its seventh year, Norman Music Festival is once again packing downtown Norman with the sounds of local, national and international music for three days of entertainment....

    April 21, 2014

  • Two homes engulfed in flame

    Norman firefighters responded to a structure fire early Sunday morning to find two homes engulfed in flames. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said crews performed searches on both structures, but found no occupants in the homes at 1412 and ...

    April 21, 2014

  • OU grad crowned Cherry Blossom Queen

    Sooner red cowboy boots could barely be seen peaking out from underneath the long, formal white dress Rainey Sewell wore. As a giant Wheel of Fortune was spun at the 2014 National Conference of State Societies’ Cherry Blossom Queen ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Five receive honorary degrees

    Four individuals will join University of Oklahoma Commencement speaker Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, and Founder and chair of Teach For America, in being awarded honorary degrees at OU’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony, ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Norman transplants have ties to their home

    Taylor Newcomb started working full time at Weichert Realty in January. One March day he noticed a young woman talking with another employee in the office. He thought she looked familiar, might even be the sister of one of his classmates ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Sooner awarded Truman Scholarship

    A University of Oklahoma National Merit Scholar and Honors student has been selected as a recipient of the Truman Scholarship. Alexis Taitel won the prestigious award based on her leadership potential, intellectual ability and the ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Club to spotlight literacy

    The Altrusa International Club of Norman will sponsor its “Red Dirt Roundup” event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lowry Room of the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave....

    April 21, 2014

  • Rebuilding Together begins

    Rebuilding Together Cleveland County, formerly known as Christmas in April, is a small branch of the national organization Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together leads the nation in unifying volunteers to improve the lives of low-income ...

    April 21, 2014

  • OU interns to present entrepreneurial ventures

    After four months of hard work, some of the University of Oklahoma’s top student talent will present recommendations for its entrepreneurial projects to key stakeholders from the university and the Oklahoma City metro area at 6 p.m. on ...

    April 21, 2014