TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A record 1300 volunteers spread out around the Topeka community Friday for the Nancy Perry Day of Caring.
The annual effort of the United Way of Greater Topeka began with a breakfast at the Kansas Expocentre, getting participants fueled up for the projects ahead.
Employees from about 40 local companies fanned out at dozens of sites around the city. Projects included painting at the Easter Seals Capper Foundation and clearing brush for nature trail expansion outside the KansasChildren's Discovery Center.
Nancy Perry was on hand for the kickoff to the day's events. The long-time United Way leader says it's an honor to have the day bear her name.
"Topeka is home for me and it means so much and this is also such a caring community," she said. "I used to say that every campaign but if you do travel around and see other United Ways, they aren't as successful as we are."
The day brought one scary side note. Two volunteers painting a fire
hydrant at SW 21st and Morningside were hit by a car that spun out of control when it was hit by another vehicle. Fortunately, the injuries weren't life threatening.