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    Posted May 30, 2011 by
    Joplin, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Joplin tornado: One year later

    meeedem and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Joplin tornado
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    Disaster hits Joplin


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     meeedem and his missionary group from Austin, Texas, went to Joplin the Tuesday after the tornado hit and stayed for a week to help the residents of Joplin any way they could. 'While in Joplin we assisted in any way possible: sifting through debris, moving people out and into temporary homes,' meeedem said. 'We sawed through trees to clear paths, roofs and cars, nailed down tarps and comforted the victims.' During his time in Joplin, meeedem said he saw many signs of hope and strength. 'These citizens are appreciating every moment of life, pushing forward and hiding their emotions for the comfort of their neighbors,' meedem said.
    - ccostello3, CNN iReport producer

    Arrived in Joplin on Tuesday with a team of eight people coming from Austin, TX. One mission, to help anyone in sight and in every way possible. From distributing supplies, and hot meals, digging through the rubble for photo albums, moving elders to temporary homes or simply comforting people, mission was accomplished. We were housed by the wonderful people of Calvary Baptist church where volunteers came by the hundreds looking for any work. Photos nor videos do the destruction any justice. Everytime we set out into the disaster area I would get chills, every sight we visited my hairs stood up. The destruction is unbelieveable as was the spirit of the people of Joplin.

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