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Samaritan's Purse continues volunteer efforts

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A year after the tornado, there is still no lack of volunteer efforts.  Several organizations came to Joplin just days after the storm and are continuing to provide some much needed help.

One of those groups is Samaritan's Purse.  The Christian Relief Organization started to work May 23rd and has made emergency repairs on homes for 755 families.

Now they have moved onto their rebuilding stage.

One nearly finished home is the first of about 20 homes the group plans to build for tornado survivors.  Each home contains a safe room and is built completely through donated funds, with no cost to the homeowner.

On Tuesday a group of volunteers from Wisconsin also started the framework on another home.

More than 6,000 Samaritan's Purse volunteers from across the country have helped in Joplin since the tornado.

"I live in Carthage but I grew up around here," says Samaritan's Purse Volunteer Coordinator Stephen Bergen.  "I just welcome them in and I tell them I don't know if I would make it to their home, to their town if this were to happen to them, so I just really commend them for coming because they've dropped a week, they've put a vacation in week in.  They pay for their own gas.  They come down here and work hard all week.  So I'm just amazed by them."

Twelve new homes are in the works right now and the organization is still accepting applications for more.

To qualify you must have been a homeowner at the time the tornado hit and still own that property.

For more information contact Stephen Bergen at 417-291-1515.

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