Royals Charities partners with Heart to Heart for tornado relief effort

Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the Kansas City Royals, has announced its support of local relief efforts for two area communities – Joplin, Mo., and Reading, Kan. – that were hit by devastating tornadoes over the weekend with a $35,000 donation to Heart to Heart International, an emergency response organization based in Olathe, Kan.

Royals Charities is contributing $25,000 to the Heart to Heart relief effort in Joplin after a massive tornado tore a six-mile path through the heart of the city yesterday.  Early estimates suggest 25 to 30 percent of Joplin was destroyed, and the tornado left many dead, injured or displaced. 

Heart to Heart, which has already deployed volunteer medical professionals, supplies and a mobile medical clinic to Joplin, expects to be in the area for several days to offer medical supplies and services to rescue workers and residents.

In addition, Royals Charities will also be donating $10,000 to the relief efforts in Reading, a small community of 250 people located approximately 50 miles south of Topeka, Kan.  Reading was hit by an EF3 tornado on Saturday evening. 

The Royals will also announce how fans can assist with additional relief efforts both this week and when the club returns to Kauffman Stadium on Monday, May 30 when details are finalized.

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