Local organizations unveil newest addition to Joplin tornado rebuild project

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Tomorrow may be the 7th anniversary of the Joplin tornado, but two area organizations say their work together is far from over.

A partnership celebration between the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army was held today. A groundbreaking ceremony at the 24 hundred block of Murphy marks the location of the latest home construction project between the two groups.

“The Salvation Army has been an incredible partner for us, this is our 14th house behind us and this summer we’ll either have 17 completed or in progress so the relationship continues into next year as well so we’re very excited about that,” says Scott Clayton.

“Today we have been here to celebrate the 14th house and 17 is what we had agreed to and now we’re going to be doing five more so we’re really excited about that and we see people’s lives being changed,” says Major Beckie Stearns.

To date, $8.3 million dollars has been spent or designated on the Joplin tornado rebuild project from the Missouri Salvation Army.

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