Coverage of the deadly tornado that demolished homes and schools in Oklahoma on May 20.

Dodgers' Kemp Tweets Plans to Give $1,000 Per Home Run to Tornado Victims

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp tweets plans to donate dollars to relief for every homerun he hits until the All-Star break

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    MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 20: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes the catch in center field to retire Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers during the bottom of the fourth inning at Miller Park on May 20, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

    The devastating tornado that killed at least 24 people, including nine children, hit close to home for the Dodgers' Matt Kemp.

    Kemp is from the area south of Oklahoma City struck by Monday's powerful tornado. After witnessing the destruction, Kemp tweeted Monday night that he plans to donate $1,000 for every home run he hits until the mid-season All-Star break to relief efforts.

    Kemp's tweet: "I'm giving $1000 for tonight's HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma."

    That includes the home run he hit in Monday night's win over the Brewers in Milwaukee.

    Kemp was born in Midwest City, Okla., about about 15 miles northeast of Moore, Okla., where Monday's tornado flattened buildings and killed at least 24 people. Moore is about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

    Kemp told MLB.com the was a junior in high school during the 1999 tornado that damaged the same area.

    "And this one hit a school," Kemp told MLB.com Monday. "I know where the schools are. My mom lived in a house in Moore and we gave it to my aunt and uncle. They weren't home today, but they said two blocks away there's nothing left. I've never been through an earthquake, but I've seen what a tornado can do and you just can't even believe it."

    Kemp has been involved in several community outreach efforts since his Major League debut in 2006. He has raised more than $400,000 for at his Spring Training fundraiser for families affected by autism.

    Earlier this season, Kemp gave his hat, jersey and cleats to a Dodgers fan after a game in San Francisco.

    Kemp has two home runs this season. He finished the 2012 season with 23 and smacked a career-high 39 homeruns in 2011.

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