North Carolina volunteers help with Joplin Habitat for Humanity - KOAM TV 7

North Carolina volunteers help with Joplin Habitat for Humanity


A sunny day brings back more volunteers to help build homes for families affected by the May 22nd tornado.  Many of the workers have gone out of their way to volunteer, including two people from North Carolina.

"I just got back in November - we built 155 houses in two weeks in Haiti," says Jimmy Sumerell, a retiree and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.  "We built a church and youth center in Hooper Bay, Alaska."

This latest project is in Joplin on Central Street.  A Habitat for Humanity home built for a family who lost almost everything in the May 22 tornado.

"Everybody has a different story and everybody has different experiences, so it's all new, every time," Sumerell says.

Sam Bohanan joined Sumerall in paying for their trip from home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"We wouldn't be out here for free if it was for some builder who was going to sell the house," says Bohanan.

There's also a volunteer from California.

Previous volunteers have already done a lot of work in the three bedroom home on Central Street.

"So if we leave this house in as good as shape as we can leave it, it should sit here for 10 years, long enough for a Habitat family to get above water and be able to take over the maintenance and upkeep of the house and everything," says Sumerell.

Regardless of which act of care gets noticed or doesn't, love is the cornerstone.

"You feel good about it," says Bohanan.

The family whose home is being built is also helping with the work, as all Habitat for Humanity families are required.

The volunteers expect to also help parts of Indiana that were affected by recent tornados.

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