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Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin, Mo., and communities throughout Oklahoma recover and rebuild from recent devastating tornadoes.

Love’s has stores in both Oklahoma -- its home state -- and Missouri. The company will assist with the immediate need in Joplin, which was hit with one of the deadliest storms in history.

The Love’s located in Joplin remained open during the storms. The store donated batteries and flashlights to a local hospital that was directly hit by a tornado. It also donated water to a community shelter.

“Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these tornadoes," says Tom Love, chairman and CEO. "Love’s has been impacted by tornadoes in our history, so we know what it’s like to rebuild.

“We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need.”

Love’s donation will be directed toward two United Way agencies. Heart of Missouri United Way will receive $100,000. United Way of Central Oklahoma will receive $50,000.

Love's Travel Stops has more than 265 locations and 90 tire care centers in 39 states. Its latest store opened recently in St. Joseph, Mo. (see "Love's opens another truck tire center").

For more information, visit www.loves.com.

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