JOPLIN, Mo. -- Volunteers are continuing to give their time and energy to help Joplin begin the cleanup. While search and rescue has wrapped up, cleanup will take a long time. Every volunteer is doing what he or she can to make a dent in the destruction.
For volunteers seeing the destruction for the first time in person, many have the same reaction as Courtney Current.
"As soon as we saw through the windows just the destruction and just how unreal it is, I didn't even know how we were going to start to begin to help," said Current.
There is power in numbers, however. Sixty-five volunteers from Missouri State University in Springfield came to Joplin on Thursday.
"We knew that we could get them over here and we knew it was time to get dirty and start helping," said MSU Director of Student Engagement Jeremy Schenk,
They certainly did get dirty.
"I'm going to go back," Current said, "and my roommates are going to say, 'What happened to you?'"
Students, faculty, and staff all donned work gloves and dust masks,
"These are our friends, our family," said Schenk.
They hope to make a positive impact in all the devastation.
"You have to realize that every little thing helps, and it's taking dozens of us hours to clean up this lot, but there are other people like us helping with all the rest," said Current.
They're using their heads to work as efficiently as possible, and in their hearts.
"I just started crying, thinking about if this had happened to my home," she said.
They're feeling the satisfaction of doing something to help.
MSU easily filled two buses with 65 people for this trip to help with cleanup, and those here think coming to Joplin to help will be a continued effort on their campus. The bookstore is also selling "Bear Hugs for Joplin" t-shirts to raise money for disaster assistance.