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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - It’s not unusual for an 8-year-old boy to ask for gym shoes for his birthday.  But, Jay Fair from Rowlett, collected dozens of pairs of shoes when he turned eight – and none of them was for him.  Instead of birthday presents, Jay asked his family and friends to buy brand new shoes that he could donate to Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims.

“I follow severe weather constantly and have always wanted to be a storm chaser when I grow up,” Fair said. “I’m also really into sports so when I heard Kevin Durant made a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, it got me thinking I could do something too.”

Jay collected 82 pairs of shoes – and his dad says he was very specific about which shoes he would take.

“He was adamant that the shoes be new and not old ones. Also, his initial note to family and friends has slowly spread and he’s gathered more than he expected,” said Jamie Fair, Jay’s father

Jay dropped off the shoes and met Kevin Durant face to face while attending the basketball star’s basketball camp in Oklahoma last week.  When the NBA superstar learned about the donation, he

“What a cool little kid with a big heart,” Durant said. “Jay is an inspiration to us all.”

The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation accepted the donation and will make sure the shoes end up in the hands of the children who need them.

“In a world so obsessed with the material and superficial, we at the KDCF, could not be more inspired by and proud of Jay, an 8 year old, who just reminded the world by his act of selflessness and compassion, that one person truly can make a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Emmanuel Bailey, president of the board of directors for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.

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