TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– September is national Suicide Awareness month and Team Of Mercy is looking spread awareness with their biscuits and gravy fundraiser at the Red Room Cakery.
Customers had the opportunity to ask questions about services the group provides and learn about their mission.
Christina Crist, Team of Mercy’s Executive Director, said she wants to make sure people never experience the pain her family felt after losing her daughter to suicide 7 years ago.
“My passion is from that to let everybody know and bring that awareness to just how much suicide happens in our area. I don’t want other parents to feel the pain me and my family feel every day,” Crist said.
Team of Mercy volunteers also stepped up to do their part to raise money for the organization with a lemonade stand outside of Baseler’s Market in Terre Haute.
They sold masks, bottled lemonade and other lemon flavored snacks.
The stand was in partnership with Lemonade Day, an initiative that aims to teach children entrepreneurship and the importance of giving back to their community.
One volunteer said the program allows children to learn life skills.
“Entrepreneurship is really the backbone of our economy. Having kids learn now what it’s like to run a business, they have to sit there and talk to people. They learn communication skills and money handling skills and they need to know all these non-profits and charities in our community, they don’t run without people supporting them. So they’re learning both sides of that,” Courtney Chipol.