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09/13/2011 4:54 PM ET
Royals Coat Drive set for September 16-17
Annual Drive Includes Coat Collection & Grab Bag Fundraiser to Benefit Joplin Residents in Need
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KANSAS CITY, MO (September 13, 2011) - Together with Alex and Jamie Gordon, the Kansas City Royals will host the eighth annual Back to School Drive to benefit Joplin residents in need as they continue to rebuild from the devastating tornado that ripped through the city on May 22. The drive will take place this Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals Wives will collect new and gently-used coats on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 5-7 p.m. outside of the Diamond Club, located across from the Majestic Team Store on the plaza level. Fans are encouraged to donate coats of all sizes - adults, boys, girls, toddlers and infants - as well as winter accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves.

In addition, the wives will sell mystery bags that include a baseball autographed by a Royals player for a $20 donation and player autograph cards for a $10 donation. For details, visit www.royals.com/community.

All items collected and funds raised will benefit Jackets for Joplin, which is being administered by Bright Futures. The grass-roots, community-based program works to create partnerships and utilize community resources to help children while strengthening families and the entire Joplin community.

In addition to supporting the Coat Drive, Royals fans can continue to support the Joplin relief effort by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Fans are encouraged to visit www.royals.com/joplin for more details on the club's disaster relief efforts and updated information on how they can help.

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