JOPLIN - The Habitat for Humanity announced Tuesday that the organization surpassed its goal to raise money for a massive rebuilding project for the tornado-ravaged town of Joplin, Mo.
The Ten for Joplin project surpassed its $800,000 goal by more than $6,000. Work is well under way to build 10 new homes for tornado-affected families.
The project was born out of a partnership between the Tulsa and Joplin area Habitat teams, the city of Joplin, surrounding businesses and organizations as well as thousands of volunteers.
An EF-5 tornado sliced through the town May 22, leaving more than 150 people dead in its wake. In the months since, groups from across the country have stepped forward to offer a helping hand to rebuild the community.
In addition to reaching the Ten for Joplin goal, the project has raised around $270,000 worth of in-kind gifts. Donations are still being accepted on the Ten for Joplin website at www.tenforjoplin.org . Excess cash raised will be applied to future Habitat for Humanity builds in the Joplin area.
More than 2,500 volunteers signed up to take part in the project. They're scheduled to complete the build, which began Oct. 29., by Nov. 12.
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One of several tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system rumbling through the Plains and Midwest has leveled several mobile homes in an area southeast of Oklahoma City.