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Members of New Mexico churches volunteer in Joplin

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Members of two churches in New Mexico travel 900 miles to help rebuild Joplin.

Retirees, do it your-selfers and professional re-modelers join the Rebuild Joplin crews in remodeling a home on Pennsylvania, and painting and siding another home that was rebuilt on Iowa Street.

For eight years the volunteers have helped each Spring in disaster zones like New Orleans, Biloxi and Galveston.

The New Mexico group says it's fun and rewarding to see what you can accomplish together.

Rebuild Joplin coordinators say volunteers make progress possible.

"It's awesome, I mean we're able to spread out really, get a lot of work done," says Rob Emmett, a Rebuild Joplin site supervisor.

"We get more out of it than we bring to it," says Kathy Morrow, a volunteer from Las Cruces.  "It's so wonderful to get somebody home again.  So this house is going to be sold to somebody who's been a renter, so this is that persons first opportunity to be a homeowner.  I think that's really exciting."

The group also brought $4,000 in donations for equipment and supplies.

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