JOPLIN, MO.--- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon challenged major sports teams and universities to help Joplin families rebuild from the devastating May 22nd tornado. Over the past year, his call for help was answered.
"All said and done, more than 660 Missourians volunteered more than 3,363 hours to this specific project," said Governor Jay Nixon, Missouri.
It was a star studded line-up of volunteers from the Chiefs, Rams, Royals, Blues, Nascar, and the University of Missouri.
"Having the major sports teams come down here for works days was very special," said Scott Clayton, Executive Director, Joplin Habitat for Humanity.
Who was here to help, wasn't as important as who needed it.
"We'd still be struggling and it would have been hard for us," said William Stewart, Received "Governor's Challenge" Home.
"The end result is when a family can show off their home, and the kids will show you where their room is going to be, and to know they have a safe and well built home. It is a good feeling," said Clayton.
The State of Missouri issued a $3.6 million grant to help with construction, and Joplin Habitat for Humanity organized the build. Governor Nixon says the new homes are a fresh start for rebuilding families, and a recovering community.
"Habitat gets stronger each and every day. The families involved get stronger and it makes a difference for generations to come," said Governor Nixon.
So far, Joplin Habitat for Humanity has finished 73 new homes in the past two years for people impacted by the storm. They are always looking for donations and volunteers, for more information, click here.
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