ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' to build 7 homes in Joplin

October 19, 2011 11:02:34 AM PDT
The effort to rebuild Joplin is getting a boost from a popular TV show.

ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is building a dream home for seven families. The makeover work begins Wednesday and is expected to take a week. It's another effort by volunteers to reshape the southwest Missouri community devastated by a May 22 tornado 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.

Show host Ty Pennington will give the call on Oct. 26 to "move that bus" and reveal the new homes to the families for the first time.

Families will learn if they have been selected Wednesday.