ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams are contributing $25,000 to relief efforts from the tornado that devastated Joplin this week and damaged parts of St. Louis County last month.
The Rams announced Friday the contribution will be divided equally between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. In addition, the franchise said it would match contributions from its employees.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo and his wife Maria joined Rams cheerleaders and alumni in a telethon to raise more than $45,000 in pledges for victims of last month's tornadoes in the St. Louis area.
Blues players will team with the area charities for a food drive Wednesday at the Scottrade Center. Fans can drop off donated items from 4 to 7 p.m. Fans who donate will receive a free ticket to a preseason game.
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