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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was more than happy to sign some pictures if local folks would help make Christmas a little brighter for local families.

The autograph wasn’t "free", but it was a win-win situation in Oklahoma City when one of the NBA’s top players signed in exchange for those willing to help needy families.

A lot of athletes spend money during the holidays–some even for charitable causes. Few, however, match the commitment made by Durant. He’s one of the league’s top five scorers on the court and he’s also racking up points in the community.

This week, Durant continued his Christmas giving tradition by hosting a Giving Tree that benefited kids from a nonprofit school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, and another agency that provides social services for all ages in the area.

“Every year, just show my commitment to my community, just how much I love being here and want to interact with the community just outside of the games,” Durant said. “I just wanted to be a part of this and this is a great way to do this.”

Christmas wish lists for 65 families from Sunbeam and 35 from Positive Tomorrows were written on ornaments that hung from a Christmas tree inside a local shopping center. Fans picked an ornament off the tree, shopped for that gift and returned with it to receive an autograph and picture with Durant.

He’s also unofficially adopted one local family, offering to provide help year-round. Watch the video: Kevin Durant on eBay

 

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