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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX/AP) — Several of Missouri’s professional sports teams offer up thousands for tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri.

The St. Louis Cardinals in conjunction with the Springfield Cardinals pledged to make a $25,000 donation to Convoy of Hope, while the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs are contributing $35,000 apiece to Heart to Heart International for relief efforts.

Convoy of Hope, the Missouri-based disaster relief agency has a World Distribution Center in Springfield, and was one of the first agencies to provide emergency assistance to the people of Joplin.

The Chiefs are accepting donations of bottled water and cash on the east side of Arrowhead Stadium until 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. All financial donations will go to Heart to Heart, an Olathe, Kan.-based relief organization, while the bottled water will be distributed through the Salvation Army.

The Missouri Mavericks hockey team is taking donations at its team store at the Independence Center until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Springfield Cardinals will collect fan donations at the gates before each of their games this home stand at Hammons Field.

Fans can make a secure online donation to Convoy of Hope or text the word CONVOY to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Standard message and data rates apply.


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