TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Advisors Excel employees went out in the community Wednesday, tasked with making an impact. The Topeka company is starting the year by giving back to more than 60 different local people and places.
The company divided into 60 teams, each given $250 to donate into the community, whatever way they wanted.
"We really want to make a huge impact in Topeka today, knowing that the way you do that is really give that freedom to the people to be able to go out and do it,” Advisors Excel co-founder David Callanan said. “We're excited to see the results that we can make in just three or four hours of really cool work."
One group traveled to North Fairview Elementary School in the Seaman district where, like many schools, not all kids can afford to eat a school lunch.
"Some of these kids couldn't afford even these reduced lunches. To being able to have these kids come to school and get a healthy meal, that is amazing to me,” VP of Advisor Development Jammie Serrano said.
Thirteen students will have more to eat thanks to their donation.
"It'll mean much more to their parents than I think to them,” said Seaman Child Nutritionist Kaye Kebus. “When someone comes into our office, we say an angel took care of it and they are truly grateful.”
Now, the kids have fuel for a full day.
"A hungry kid cannot learn,” said Kebus. “A kid can learn without a book, a kid cannot learn if they are hungry."
In total, the company donated $15,000 across the community Wednesday.