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Surprises as Joplin survivors go through rubble

In Joplin, Mo. in the wake of the monster twister that tore apart much of the city, "Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge says it's clear survivors are just grateful to be alive. Worrying about their possessions is a distant second.

But, he adds, sifting through the rubble is a natural thing to do, and sometimes it brings surprises.

Kim Albrecht knows she's one of the lucky ones - going through the wreckage of what was once her home, looking at photos she managed to salvage.

"You can't put a price on stuff like this at all. ... You become very humbled and very appreciative for your family," Kim told Wragge.

A lifelong Joplin resident, Kim was at work when the tornado struck. She returned in a state of shock and disbelief.

"We got here and I stood and cried for about 15 minutes before I could move," Kim says, "because you see the pictures and you watch the news (and you can't believe it) until you're here. You see it and you can't even begin to understand."

The things Kim cares about most -- her five children and husband -- also survived the storm. "It makes me the luckiest person in the world right now," she said, choking up.

Across town, another lucky find.

Members of Jayanna and Tim Lewis' family have been digging through what's left of the newlyweds' home.

And they found - Jayanna's wedding dress - still in excellent condition, except for a little dirt!

"Her bed's still in the same spot she had it in," says Valerie Patton. "The wedding dress was still lying across the bed as if it hadn't even been moved."

The Lewises are still away on their honeymoon.

But having the dress to return to will make her cousin "very happy," one girl told Wragge.

And it's not just family members who are coming together in Joplin.

Volunteers from elsewhere, such as Ray Brown and Mark and Matt Gilmore, are lending a hand.

"I'd want someone to do it for me," said one.

"It's human nature," said Mark Gilmore.

They came to Joplin to support strangers. "My heart just goes out to them," he says. "You want to give something so they can be taken care of; you need to take care of our people."

Now, observes Wragge, they're part of a circle of friends and neighbors, helping this devastated community as it struggles to pick up the pieces.

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