Klay Thompson to donate $1,000 per point to North Bay wildfire relief efforts

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/gsw/" data-ylk="slk:Golden State Warriors">Golden State Warriors</a> guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4892/" data-ylk="slk:Klay Thompson">Klay Thompson</a> is pledging funds to North Bay wildfire relief efforts. (AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is pledging funds to North Bay wildfire relief efforts. (AP)

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson pledged Friday to donate $1,000 for every point he scores over the next three home games to assist in Northern California wildfire relief efforts.

In a video posted to Twitter Friday afternoon, Thompson announced his pledge to help those affected by the deadly wildfires. The fires have scorched more than 240,000 acres and killed 42 people, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“Let’s stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events,” Thompson said in the video. “Property has been damaged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.”

The next three Warriors’ home games at Oracle Arena are on Oct. 25 vs. the Toronto Raptors, Oct. 27 vs. the Washington Wizards and Oct. 29 vs. the Detroit Pistons. Thompson averaged 22.3 points per game last season, so if he keeps that up he could be donating around $67,000.

The money Thompson is pledging will go to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund. Its site denotes that 100 percent of the donations will go directly to aid victims of the North Bay fires. Thompson encouraged fans to also make a pledge to donate at pledgeit.org/klay

As of Saturday afternoon, Thompson’s pledge page has raised over $105,000 of its goal of $150,000 with 15 days remaining.

Thompson joins his teams’ relief efforts that were announced earlier this month. The Warriors, along with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks, donated a total of $450,000 to support Wine Country fire relief efforts. 

The teams also set up a website for fans to donate.

Before the start of the 2017-18 NBA season, Thompson said the fires put “life in perspective.”

“These fires…it’s terrible. It puts life in perspective what’s important,” he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s John Shea. “I know there’s been some deaths, and it’s just really tragic. Us players will do something about it when things calm down, but it sucks.”

Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan is also donating for a good cause this season, announcing Friday in an Instagram post he would be donating $100 per rebound for the entire season to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. He had 24 rebounds in the Clippers’ opening night win against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night.

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