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MLB, State Farm and Habitat for Humanity team up to help tornado victims

Posted On Tue, May 15, 2012

As residents of Joplin, Missouri, and the surrounding areas continue the rebuilding process several months after a devastating tornado swept through the area, some of the stars of Major League Baseball are looking to help.

The Major League Baseball Players Trust, Major League Baseball and State Farm have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for people in the area. The partnership will build five homes in Joplin along with four others in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

"Helping families and communities recover requires ongoing commitment and resources," said Glenda Beach, State Farm agency field executive for the Joplin area. "These nine homes represent the hope and commitment of these families and this community to the ongoing recovery of Joplin and Tuscaloosa. We are honored to help."

The work will continue throughout the summer. Two of the nine homes, the groups say, will actually be framed out of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City when the league hosts its All-Star Game there later this summer. Those frames will then be moved to their intended build sites before work continues.

The Joplin storm last year was one of the most deadly tornadoes in recent history, leaving more than 100 people dead and thousands of others injured. The organizations have also provided other assistance to the disaster victims in the past, with MLB and the Players Association contributing $200,000 toward local relief efforts.

The increased frequency of tornadoes in recent years has had a significant impact on insurance rates in some parts of the country. In 2011, theĀ  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there were nearly 1,700 tornadoes compared to less than 1,300 in 2010.

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