Royals announce additional tornado relief efforts: Fans can donate cash and items at Kauffman Stadium, beginning this evening

 The Royals and Royals Charities, the charitable arm of the club, have announced additional plans to support local relief efforts for Joplin, Mo., and Reading, Kan. – two area communities hit by devastating tornadoes over the weekend.  Royals Charities announced earlier this week a donation of $35,000 to Heart to Heart to support its relief efforts.

Kauffman Stadium to Serve as Drop-Off Location:  Heart to Heart International, an emergency response organization based in Olathe, Kan., will be stationed at Kauffman Stadium beginning tonight, accepting cash donations and supplies to be used for hygiene care kits.  Fans may drop off items in Lot M outside of Kauffman Stadium’s Gate C (Home Plate entrance) during the following times:

                        Wednesday, May 25        5-8 p.m.

                        Thursday, May 26            9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

                        Friday, May 27                  9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Cash donations are encouraged as Heart to Heart can use funds to purchase exactly what is needed at the disaster sites.  However, fans wanting to donate items are encouraged to bring items for hygiene care kits such as washcloths, hand towels, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and adhesive bandages.  More details on items needed can be found at www.royals.com/relief or www.hearttoheart.org.

Text to Donate:  Fans may also help immediately by texting “HHI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Heart to Heart International or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. 

American Red Cross In-Stadium Collections:  When the Royals return to Kauffman Stadium next week, fans will have an opportunity to donate cash to the American Red Cross.  Volunteers will be stationed around the ballpark during the series with the Los Angeles Angels, May 30-June 1.  Fans who make a cash donation of at least $5 will receive a voucher that may be redeemed for a complimentary Hy-Vee View ticket to their choice of select games through July 24 (while supplies last). 

Tornado Relief Online Auction:  The club is hosting a silent auction featuring unique baseball memorabilia, including game-used items from Eric Hosmer’s first Major League game on May 6, with all proceeds going toward tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Reading and the southern United States that was hit by a series of destructive tornadoes in late April.  The auction is now open, and fans will have an opportunity to bid on these unique items by visiting www.royals.com/relief until Friday, June 3.

In addition to these efforts, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the club’s Double-A affiliate located just 77 miles from Joplin in Springdale, Ark., is also planning a collection of cash and supplies throughout its next homestand, June 1-6.  The Naturals will also be hosting additional fundraisers for the Ozarks Red Cross, highlighted by a memorabilia auction on Saturday, June 6.  In addition, the Naturals will be providing free tickets to those from Joplin for the entire homestand (valid ID required).

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