Making a Difference

The ad-hoc, improvised arrangements of volunteer organizations and individuals made a world of difference in the lives of Joplin citizens whose homes or businesses were destroyed in the storm — and in the efforts of townsfolk working to rebuild.

Volunteers with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, visiting from Kansas, chip the mortar from hundreds of bricks at the site of the destroyed Joplin High School. Bricks will be printed with an image of the planned new school and sold for donations to help with the rebuilding.

Meri and Scotty Stewart's home on New Hampshire Street in Joplin, before the tornado.

Volunteers pose for a photo near the destroyed home of Meri and Scotty Stewart, days after the tornado. Thousands of volunteers flocked to Joplin to help with cleanup.

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