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Volunteers: Joplin ‘devastated’ but ‘resilient’

Amidst the numerous destroyed homes in this Joplin neighborhood, the almost untouched brightly-colored playground equipment sits in stark contrast.

Amidst the numerous destroyed homes in this Joplin neighborhood, the almost untouched brightly-colored playground equipment sits in stark contrast. (Contributed photo)

Between them they have 20 years of experience as Red Cross disaster volunteers. They have spent countless hours helping victims of everything from hurricanes and floods to earthquakes and fires, but neither Gloria Humphreys, of Tebbetts, nor Patricia Vezina, of Holts Summit, had seen anything like the destruction in Joplin following the EF5 tornado that struck the city on May 22.

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