In this April 23, 2008 file photo, houses in various stages of construction dot the landscape in Greensburg, Kan., nearly a year after a F5 tornado destroyed most of the community of 1,400 on May 4, 2007. Less than a week after one of the nation's deadliest tornadoes wiped a big chunk of Joplin, Missouri off the map, the city is beginning to shift its focus toward the next challenge: rising from the ruins. Not far from Joplin, Greensburg, Kan., rebuilt piece by piece after a 2007 twister leveled the town and killed 11.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — 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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