I've been impressed with the outpouring of support for our fellow citizens in Joplin. A powerful EF5 tornado hit the area on Sunday night and destroyed about a third of the city. Several Missouri Lottery retail locations were wiped out, like this pile of rubble that was once Frank's Lounge.
As citizens around our state rally to help with the rescue and recovery, we at the Missouri Lottery also want to pitch in. Since Lottery proceeds benefit public education, and schools in the area were damaged, we will be collecting funds through June to be donated to the Joplin Public School District.
We will be collecting donations at all of the Lottery offices in St. Louis, Springfield, Kansas City and Jefferson City. Lottery employees, retailers and players can all help Joplin rebuild following this terrible tragedy by making sure the school children of Joplin have every opportunity to continue their education.
If you would like to donate, deposit cash into one of the containers before the end of June, or write a check to the ALF Fund. Checks made out to the ALF Fund can be mailed to:
Joplin Schools Relief Fund
PO BO 1603
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1603
Thank you for helping us support public education in Missouri.