Joplin Tornado Volunteers: 176,889
Wednesday is the two-year anniversary of a deadly EF-5 tornado that swept through Joplin and Duquesne, destroying thousands of buildings and killing 161. That brought volunteers from all over the world to help with the rebuilding efforts, and now the City of Joplin has a more solid number of just how much of an impact they had: 176,869 volunteers put in over 1.15-million hours of time.
This Wednesday's anniversary will also come with a few big announcements. That's what was teased in a press release from the City of Joplin over the weekend; the announcements will come at the "Resilience, Resolve, and Realization" event, set to run from 4:40 to 5:41 Wednesday night at Cunningham Park.