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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is in Joplin, building a dream home for not just one family, but for seven.

The makeover work was beginning Wednesday and is expected to take a week. It is another effort by volunteers to reshape the southwest Missouri community devastated by a tornado on May 22 that killed 162 people and destroyed or damaged more than 7,500 homes.

The TV program has been coordinating with Joplin officials for several months. Organizers say the goal is to provide a foundation that will spur additional rebuilding.

Thousands of volunteers are expected to help with the project. Show host Ty Pennington will give the call on Oct. 26 to “move that bus” and reveal the new homes.

Springfield, Mo., contractor Sam Clifton is leading the construction effort.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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