With the tragic events of this past weekend in Joplin, Missouri and other portions of the Missouri and Kansas, the Kansas City Royals have come together and donated $35,000 to the volunteer organization, Heart to Heart International. $25,000 will go the relief efforts in Joplin, where over 100 people died after a tornado came through town on Sunday. The other $10,000 will go towards relief efforts in Reading, Kansas. An EF3 tornado rolled through Reading (20 miles northeast of Emporia), destroying nearly half the buildings in town.
The Royals will also be having additional opportunities for fans to contribute to the relief efforts during the next homestand, which beings May 30th against the Angels. More info will be announced in the coming days.
Should any fans have questions about volunteering or how they can contribute financially, feel free to visit the Heart to Heart International website.
Royals fans should also be encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross, which has opened a shelter at Missouri Southern State University that can house up to 1,000 people in need. From the American Red Cross website-
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and wildfires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS; people can also text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.