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MLB to build nine homes in tornado-ravaged cities, including Joplin

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | 5:34 p.m. CDT; updated 6:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 19, 2012
Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard and Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur pose for photographs at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Wednesday. Major League Baseball and a charitable foundation for players are working with Habitat for Humanity to build nine homes for the tornado-ravaged cities of Joplin and Tuscaloosa, Ala. About half the funding will come from State Farm, the insurance company.

KANSAS CITY — Major League Baseball and a charitable foundation for players are working with Habitat for Humanity to build nine homes for the tornado-ravaged cities of Joplin and Tuscaloosa, Ala. About half the funding will come from State Farm, the insurance company.

Officials said Wednesday in Kansas City they want to use the effort to remind fans that the communities still need help. To spotlight the need, crews will build frames for two of the homes outside Kauffman Stadium during baseball's All-Star game on July 10.

Five of the Habitat for Humanityhomes will go to Joplin, which lost an estimated 7,500 homes in the EF5 tornado that killed 161 people last May. The other four will go to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where more than 50 people died in an EF4 tornado in late April 2011.

 


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