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Spirit of residents, volunteers lauded as rebuilding continues

Habitat for Humanity has launched a 13-city tour in which volunteers will donate more than $350,000 and 1,000 hours to Joplin, Mo., relief.
BY JIM HENRY Published: April 28, 2012

Ripken and Energizer's “bunny brigade” worked on a home, and the volunteers later canvassed the neighborhood and distributed home power kits that included tips and products promoting energy efficiency.

Elaine Sosnowski, general manager of Energizer lighting products, noticed a big difference in Joplin from last July, when she came from St. Louis to assist with cleanup efforts.

“This feels like the rebirth,” she said. “You can still see what had happened, but the environment and the whole atmosphere feels so much more positive. You see that it's flat, but it's like OK, we've brushed away the old and the bad, and we're building on this fertile ground for the future.”