TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Golfers teed up Thursday to kick off a special drive for the Topeka Rescue Mission.
Nearly 100 golfers hit the links at Cypress Ridge to help raise money for the Topeka Rescue Missions Children's Program.
The money raised at the golf tournament will support a $12 million expansion campaign the mission has just launched. A new Children's Palace will be the first facility built. A new housing area and renovations to the existing shelter building also are part of the plans.
Barry Feaker, Executive Director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, says the 400 plus children they see every year need a place where they can feel safe and loved.
"This is the time in the life of a child that they are very challenged," Feaker said. "They are in a place in their life when they don't feel very special. They're wondering does anyone even care, a lot of hardships have come together around this time in their lives. If we can do something to let them know that they're value, they're loved and they're special. That's the biggest thing we can do for that child, not for today, but for the future."
The Rescue Mission will hold an open house and formally announce the four-phase expansion plan Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm at Great Overland Station.