A small group of local residents have been working diligently to stage an Out of the Darkness Walk in Milbank Sunday, September 11. There are only four such events in South Dakota, and the group intends for Milbank’s to become an annual event.
An activity of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the walk is designed to educate, as well as bring comfort, healing and hope to those affected by suicide and depression, according to Carolyn Giessinger who heads up the volunteers.
She and her husband, Ken Giessinger, became involved with the AFSP following the death of son, Jason, in 2011. “When Ken and I lost Jason to suicide, we felt that we were alone; we didn’t know where to turn to seek help coping with suicide,” Giessinger explained. “We heard about the Out of the Darkness Walk in Sioux Falls and signed up a team to walk in memory of Jason. While at the walk we met a lot of survivors of suicide and felt we weren’t in this alone.”
Members of the Milbank Kiwanis Club will be selling popcorn and other treats from Tommy's Popcorn stand located in Jack and Jill Park in Milbank. The stand will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. during the month of August. Proceeds will benefit local youth organizations.
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