JOPLIN, MO -- Stanley Black & Decker a provider of hand tools, power tools and security solutions, recently announced a $350,000 tool donation to the Joplin, Missouri, rebuilding efforts. The announcement was made at Franklin Technology Center in front of the students who will be benefitting from the majority of the tool donation. The tools, which are currently being used on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Joplin project, include Stanley, Bostitch, DeWalt, Porter-Cable, and more. After completion of the EMHE Project, the Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri will gather, inventory and distribute the tools to the building trades classes at Franklin Technology Center and other area technical schools who lost their tools in the May 22nd storm.
"The tools that we're donating today will be used to replace and replenish those lost in the storm, as well as continue the rebuilding efforts to restore this community to its former greatness," said Tim Perra, Stanley Black & Decker's Communications Director. "With these tools we are re-stocking the Franklin Technology Center and other local schools with the tools that these students need to not only learn the skills needed to contribute to rebuilding their community for the future, but also to help with the immediate needs of rebuilding today."
In addition to the donation to the Franklin Technology Center, Stanley Black & Decker has established a tool lending library based on the ToolBank USA model, in Joplin. This tool library enables members of the community to borrow the tools that they need to repair and improve their homes and businesses, and is located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and 26th Street.
The tool donations reflect the company's commitment to assisting hard-hit communities in general and Joplin, Missouri in particular. The company was involved with a significant tool donation immediately following the tornadoes' devastating the Joplin community, and has had employees on the ground helping during the ensuing months. Today's donation is evidence of the company's commitment to remain in the community to see the project through.