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Oct 20, 2011 13:53
Category: Religious News

Local churches in Joplin help to rebuild houses with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

     JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The effort to rebuild Joplin is getting a
boost from a popular TV show, with help from local churches.
     ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is building homes for
seven families in seven days. The makeover work began Wednesday.
     The Missouri community was devastated by a May 22 tornado that
killed 162 people and destroyed or damaged more than 7,500 homes.
     All of the materials for this week's project were donated, and
churches in Joplin are working together to prepare about 30,000
meals for those involved in the building process. Volunteers are
working 12-hour shifts, and work is going on around the clock.
     Pastor Aaron Brown of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, which
was destroyed by the tornado, says his congregation is providing
transportation and volunteer builders. He says each home that's
rebuilt for a family in Joplin is cause for celebration.