DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 is a proud sponsor of Xcel Energy’s Day of Service and this year the event has grown and it’s making a difference.

The sensory garden at the Anchor School for Blind Children is one of only a handful across the country, and on this Day of Service on Saturday volunteers gave it a little TLC.

“We are paining a fence around a sensory garden,” a volunteer said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Xcel Energy’s ‘Day Of Service’

The volunteers at the school were just a few of thousands across Colorado who teamed up with Xcel Energy for theer fourth annual Day of Service held every first Saturday of September.

Xcel Energy first got involved with the Day of Service with only a few hundred employees. Now it has more than 3,000 volunteers across 60 events.

“Our way of honoring of those that were victims and first responders of the Sept. 11 event,” Jerome Davis with Xcel Energy said.

From schools to senior centers to Elitch Gardens History Center, volunteers and CBS4 employees alike worked to make a positive impact.

“I thought it was an interesting thing to do, and I love children,” volunteer Patty Pugh said.

Volunteers paint a fence at the Anchor School for Blind Children (credit: CBS)

Volunteers paint a fence at the Anchor School for Blind Children (credit: CBS)

“People always need help and they can’t always afford to pay for that help,” volunteer Chris Rowe said.

It’s a positive impact that nonprofits like the Anchor School call invaluable.

“To have large groups like this … it’s indispensable,” K.T. Colgan with the Anchor School said.

LINK: Xcel Energy’s Day of Service

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