- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity is preparing to dedicate the 100th house it has built since the May 2011 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

A dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday will be at the home of Mike and Gina Boykin, located near the large steel cross that remained after St. Mary’s Church was destroyed.

Monday’s event will recognize the Salvation Army, which was the Habitat funding partner. The ceremony corresponds with World Habitat Day, when is when the organization recognizes the need for housing worldwide.

The May 22, 2011, tornado leveled homes, churches, businesses of all sizes and one of the city’s two hospitals. A federal study found that all but 26 of the deaths came from building collapses.

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