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Morning Candy Monday: Joplin Gets Generous Gift

By: Steve Fullhart & Associated Press Email
By: Steve Fullhart & Associated Press Email

If you had half-a-million dollars to donate, who would get it? For one celebrity couple, their dollars went towards a cause that hit close to home.

Frito and Alli from Morning Candy on Candy 95 made their regular visit to Brazos Valley This Morning Monday to talk about the generosity of actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The couple gave $500,000 to the relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri.

Last month, a tornado destroyed much of the community. Pitt grew up near the area.

For more on the story, check out the video from BVTM or the Associated Press story below.

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JOPLIN, Mo. -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are donating $500,000 from their foundation to help Joplin rebuild from the deadly tornado that struck the southwest Missouri town last month.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks says the gift from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation will go to mid- and long-term needs in the tornado-ravaged city. The Community Foundation announced the gift Friday in a news release.

Pitt grew up in southwest Missouri and says in the release that he spent much of his childhood in the area and knows the people to be "especially resilient."

The May 22 tornado destroyed more than 8,000 homes and 400 businesses. The death toll was 151 as of Friday, including several victims who died as a result of injuries suffered in the storm.


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