October 20, 2011
Ty Pennington, host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, speaks to the camera about the home volunteers are building for the Whitely family, of Joplin, Mo., Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2011, in the 2500 block of Connor Avenue in Joplin. Their home was destroyed in the May 22, 2011, tornado that ravaged Joplin. (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, T. Rob Brown)
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When executives with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” contacted builder Sam Clifton about a project in Joplin, he told them it was a great idea, but building a single home wouldn’t send much of a message to a community that lost more than 7,000 of them to a devastating spring tornado.