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Local Autism Center Receives Donation

The Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism received a generous donation from Missouri Gas Energy.
JOPLIN, MO.--- The Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism received a generous donation today. Representatives with Missouri Gas Energy presented a check of $7,500 to Freeman Health System President and CEO Paula Baker. This money will go towards building a new center for the school for autism. Baker says they are very thankful for the donation.

"Well, we're very heartened by this gift, particularly at Christmas time. It's such a special time of the year and to know that there is care about the children and families we serve here. People that they never even met, goes to the heart of Christmas I think," said Paula Baker, President and CEO of Freeman Health System.  

Baker added they will begin construction when the fundraising goal is met. She says it looks like it could begin in the coming year. The new building will be located at 2808 Picher in Joplin.

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