Royals Step Up to Help Fill Community's Needs
Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur always had a warm spot in his heart for the people of Joplin, Mo. So he was pleased that the team and, indeed, the entire Kansas City area supported the tornado-torn community.
The 200-mph tornado -- which ripped a wide path through the town on May 22 -- destroyed homes, businesses and schools, and caused 161 deaths. The twister struck just after the two Missouri teams, the Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals, had played an Interleague game at Kansas City.
Royals Charities immediately contributed $25,000 to Heart to Heart International's emergency-response effort for Joplin and another $10,000 for Reading, Kan., which also was hit. Royals fans gave $18,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster relief fund during the next home series with the Los Angeles Angels.
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