Donation boxes for Joplin relief set up in state parks

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 2:09 p.m. CDT; updated 3:48 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 30, 2011

JOPLIN — Visitors to Missouri state parks will have a chance to help bring some greenery back to the tornado-stricken city of Joplin.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to set up donation boxes at parks and historic sites beginning Saturday. Proceeds will be used to help buy and plant trees in Joplin area parks.

The May 22 tornado that killed more than 150 people in Joplin not only destroyed homes and businesses, but also wiped out trees in a large swath of the city.

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