Joplin's Habitat for Humanity begins new service project - KOAM TV 7

Joplin's Habitat for Humanity begins new service project


A local non-profit group that helped rebuild hopes after the Joplin tornado transitions into another mission.

Joplin's Habitat for Humanity is beginning a new service called A Brush with Kindness.

"They looked horrible they had just died no leaves no shade," said Homeowner Joyce Mulliain.

A tree that once sat in front Mulliain's home is now removed free of charge. 

"Well I got a letter yesterday from the city saying, I need to get the trees done because they were an eye sore and with the dead limbs falling it could be dangerous," said Mulliain. 

Joplin's Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70 homes since the May 2011 tornado. 

Their new nationwide initiative A Brush with Kindness involves removing dead tree and limbs for homeowners who couldn't afford it.

"We're talking about a complicated issue with trees that are dead and need to go down, and homeowners that don't know how they are going to afford that," said Habitat Executive Director Scott Clayton. 
"This job site in particular it could have cost around 2,000," said Wright Tree Service Manager Afton Stanko.

Wright Tree Service provided crews and heavy equipment for the day.Joplin's Habitat selects families based on income, need, and willingness to partner. Crews will travel to 5 homes in the area, just in one day.

"We actually had so many guys we ended up cutting volunteers because the jobsite would be to crowed we got a lot of guys with good hearts," said Stanko.
"That really shows the heart that everyone hands towards one in a situation where the help is needed," said Clayton. 

Mulliain says she can now reply to the letter she got found the city. 

"Well just come by and look my trees are gone," said Mulliain.  

Joplin's Habitat For Humanity Web site: <http://joplinhabitat.org/>


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