Stanley Black & Decker has made a $350,000 tool donation to the Joplin, Mo., rebuilding efforts. The tools, which are being used on the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Joplin project, include Stanley, Bostitch, DeWalt, Porter-Cable and more. Following this 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 that lost their tools in the May 22 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, Stanley Black & Decker has established a tool lending library, based on the ToolBank USA model, in Joplin. The library, which is located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and 26th Street, enables members of the community to borrow tools to repair their homes and businesses.