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Salvation Army Continues to Help Joplin with Tornado Recovery Seven Years Later

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The Salvation Army continues to provide relief efforts in Joplin, seven years after a tornado killed 161 people there.  More than 7500 homes and 500 businesses were destroyed when the tornado hit on May 22, 2011.  To date, the Salvation Army said it has spent $8.3 million on Joplin relief efforts.

The organization helped with immediate needs such as food, water and basic necessities.  The Salvation Army continues long term recovery in Joplin including counseling, home repairs and home and storm shelter projects. 

Public donations totaled $6.5 million for Salvation Army relief efforts in Joplin.

The money has been used to fund reconstruction of tornado affected homes and organizations with help from Habitat for Humanity of Joplin and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.