Rams to contribute $25K to tornado relief efforts in Missouri

The St. Louis Rams are contributing $25,000 to relief efforts from the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., this week and damaged parts of St. Louis County last month.

The Rams announced Friday the contribution will be equally divided between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. In addition, the franchise said it would match contributions from its employees.

The Rams also said they were working with relief agencies and corporate partners to develop a plan to provide more aid. According to chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, relief organizations say the biggest need now is for cash donations.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo and his wife, Maria, joined the team's cheerleaders and alumni in a telethon to raise more than $45,000 in pledges to aid victims of the tornadoes in the St. Louis area last month.

The Rams aren't alone in their efforts. The Kansas City Chiefs said Tuesday that they are collecting bottled water and contributing $35,000 to assist tornado victims.

The Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Products and the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis also are involved. The team asked fans to donate bottled water, disposable diapers or money.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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