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Cassel and Baldwin Lend Helping Hand To Joplin

There are times when life brings us back to the proper perspective that, even at their greatest emotional pinnacles, sports are merely a form of entertainment. The recent devastating tornado in Joplin, MO is one of those moments, especially for Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin who drove two hours from Kansas City to the southwestern Missouri town to help out.

“They had places for us to go help, to help people dig out,” Baldwin told Sports Illustrated writer Peter King. “It touched my heart to be able to do something, anything. We felt we touched a few people’s lives, and after something like that, you need to know people care about you.”

For Cassel, who experienced the massive 1994 Northridge, CA earthquake first hand, seeing the devastation in Joplin was more startling than he could have imagined.

“It was the most shocking thing I’ve seen in my life, and I lived through being in the epicenter of a major earthquake,” Cassel said. “The devastation is like a nuclear bomb went off. Huge trees, 100 years old, ripped out by the roots. A car thrown up into the middle of a tree. It’s one of those things you can’t imagine unless you’re there.”

The Chiefs organization as a whole joined the St. Louis Rams in lending their help, but the help doesn’t begin and end with these organizations and its players. To help the people of Joplin rebuild their town and their lives, go to redcross.org or liveunited.org.


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