REED CITY — In an effort to raise knowledge and funds for breast cancer awareness, Amber Hutchinson would like to see pink pop up all around Reed City on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Hutchinson, who works at Kiddies Klubhouse, is leading the charge for having a Paint the Town Pink day to raise funds to donate to the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.

“A daycare parent approached me and really wanted to do something special,” she said. “She wanted to see what she could do to help. We’re having our kiddos at the daycare wear pink. For each one who does, we will donate $1 to the cancer center.”

Hutchinson, who is organizing the event, said local businesses and others also are matching donations by the daycare or making a donation for the special day.

“We really want to get everyone involved in the community,” she said. “Most of the response has been really good. I’ve had a good response. Our community is great at stepping up. They don’t bat an eyelash if they know you’re trying to help. This is a great opportunity to do something like this and support our local community.”

With $100 ready to be donated, Hutchinson said Trinity Lutheran Catholic Church and School also is taking part in the day’s events.

“We’re going to go to the different locations that day, and then take the funds to the cancer center,” she said. “They have three different funds set up for those donating, and we’re going to see which ones need the most funds.”

While the event is in its early infancy, Hutchinson said it is something she would like to grow bigger for the years to come.

“This really started within the last year,” she said. “Next year, I actually want to get the town pink, pink shirts and everything. Next year, I do want to go big. My theory is go big, or go home.”

For those wishing to help out or to donate, they can contact Hutchinson at (231) 832-0655 or mail their donations to 309 S. Higbee St., Reed City.

“I will even come to you and get the donation,” she said. “Whatever is easiest for them to help Paint the Town Pink.”