Hallmark Employees Lend Helping Hand

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Topeka's Hallmark plant is also seeing a slowdown from the slumping economy. But rather than laying off its employees it's paying them to do volunteer work.

It's part of Hallmark's Community Assistance Program. It saw volunteers painting the inside of Marian Clinic Thursday. The organization serves the medically and dentally uninsured.

Marian Clinic Executive Director Marilyn Page says it is especially helpful during these hard times to have the extra help. She says a fresh coat of paint gives everyone a lift.

Topeka Hallmark plant manager Tony Prohaska says it's good for everyone. The Community Assistance Program began in 1999. The paint was donated by Sherman Williams and Home Depot.