The Good List

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Sometimes it’s good to be different.
To grab people’s attention.
To commandeer notice.


We found a handful of 417-landers who stand out for their efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.

These individuals are everywhere, many of them unsung for their service. Through their work, they prove that the unthinkable can be accomplished if they put their minds to it. That changing the world can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. That you can use your time and talents to make a difference.

Our subjects are responsible for the construction of a Miracle League Field, so more kids have the chance to be kids. Another uses art to help people cope with the devastation of Joplin’s May 22 EF-5 tornado. Then there’s the mechanic-turned-minister who helps low-income people obtain free car repairs.

These individuals are diverse, and each one comes with a perception of what making a difference means to him or her. Regardless of what they’re doing, each of these people shows that with a little help from your fellow man, you really can make a difference.  

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