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Blake Shelton of "The Voice" and NBC are organizing a benefit concert for the victims of the unprecedented tornado in Oklahoma that left at least 24 people dead and thousands homeless in the town of Moore.
The two-mile-wide tornado believed to be an EF-4 or EF-5 pulverized suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday, leveling structures with estimated 200 mph winds. As the news swept the nation, many celebrities joined thousands of others who voiced their sympathy as well as means to help the victims.
Shelton, who is from Oklahoma, is doing everything he can to help his home state, and is orchestrating a star-studded concert to raise funds.
"We'll know more about it in the next 24 hours," Shelton said during Tuesday's "The Voice," according to Billboard.
The 36-year-old singer is from Ada, Oklahoma, which lies just 75 miles south of where the tornado touched down.
"I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money," the country music singer added. "Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly."
Furthermore, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert dedicated their song "Over You" to victims of the tragedy during Tuesday's episode of "The Voice."
As for who may perform during the benefit concert, Shelton said he will "call in some really big favors" to friends and fellow "Voice" coaches, such as Usher, according to Billboard. Also offering help to the tornado victims is actor David Spade, who pledged $200,000 to the Red Cross, according to E! News.
"When I was four, I moved from Michigan to Arizona and our house got hit by a tornado a week later," the actor explained. "Always been scared of them. I know the Red Cross will do everything they can to help people get what they need."
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant also stepped in to help the tornado victims. The NBA star offered to donate $1 million to the Red Cross, which the team pledged to match, as did the NBA and National Basketball Players Association, according to MTV News.
To make a $10 donation, text Red Cross to 90999.