Krafts aiding Springfield tornado recovery

The Patriots will on Tuesday announce an initiative to match up to $100,000 in donations made to tornado recovery efforts in the Springfield area.

In a news conference at Springfield College, former Patriots and Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, as well as current Patriots defensive lineman and Springfield native Ron Brace, will encourage the public to donate.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is working with the United Way and Mass 2-1-1 in organizing the campaign. Donations can be made at www.unitedwaytri-county.org/disaster or by dialing 2-1-1.

All donations will be assigned to the Massachusetts Statewide Disaster Relief Fund.