(File photo) Alex Hammac, left, and her friend Alena Riedel will sell items they've made from old jewelry at a garage sale Saturday to raise funds for suicide prevention. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 300 Montague Ave., and a related fundraiser, a car wash, occurs during the same hours at Advance Auto Parts in Caro.

Saturday fundraisers aimed at suicide prevention

Caro Community Schools students Alex Hammac and Alena Riedel have teamed up again to sell items fashioned from old jewelry to raise funds for suicide prevention.

The girls will sell their creations at a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 300 Montague Ave. in Caro. That event, along with a car wash during the same hours at Advance Auto Parts, 1042 E. Caro Road, aims to end the stigma regarding suicide and mental-health treatment in Tuscola County.

Freewill donations will be accepted at both events, with all proceeds going toward suicide prevention.

For more information, call 989-670-0484.

The girls formed Begin Again Jewelry after Chris Searles Jr., 30, of Fairgrove took his own life Oct. 21, 2017.

“We wanted to stop the stigma (surrounding mental illness), so we had people donate broken or unwanted jewelry, and we either fixed it up, cleaned it or made it new,” said Alena, 12, of Tuscola County’s Wells Township and daughter of Shawn and Rachel Riedel.

Alex, 12, daughter of Christina Hammac of Caro, said the girls attended a suicide-prevention walk in Lansing earlier this year.

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