Finish line in sight for local company's fundraiser
COLUMBIA - The Mudroom in downtown Columbia is wrapping up its fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
The fundraiser started on Sunday, Sept. 10 and will run until Sunday, Sept. 17.
Participants had the opportunity to paint their own pottery during the fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the AFSP. Some of the finished products on display included items with mourning ribbons drawn on them, a plate displaying the national suicide prevention lifeline number, a mug with the AFSP logo on it, a tile remembering a loved one lost to suicide and various other pieces containing the message "you are not alone".
"I think it's definitely a great thing that they're doing," said Callie Brinkman, a Mudroom customer. "And I'm excited to support that for sure."
Brinkman shares the same birthday with her mother, Amy, and grandmother, Gwynette Palmer.
"I think that it's really unique for sure," Brinkman said. "Whenever I tell people that we share the same birthday, they're always kind of taken aback. But it's really special to me; I think it's a lot of fun. We have a lot of memories because of it."
It was Callie's idea to spend their special day at the Mudroom in order to create something unique that they'll be able to keep forever.
"I love to do any sort of artwork," Brinkman said. "I'm really into that type of stuff."
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.; each year, 44,193 Americans die by suicide. Suicide also costs the U.S. $51 billion annually. The Mudroom staff is pleased with the progress of the fundrasier.
"I think (this event) has been a success," said Megan Richter, a clerk at The Mudroom. "We've had a lot of customers come in and do different projects, and of course the money (going) towards helping other people."