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New storefront donates 100% of proceeds to mental health

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)–May is mental health awareness month and a Sioux Falls nonprofit aimed at spreading positively and taking away the stigma of mental health has a new opportunity for people to make an impact in our community.

In tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND, we take you inside Live Inspired 365’s new storefront and share the mission of their organization.

“Just to get people talking and give people encouragement,” Live Inspired 365 founder Chantelle Friedman said.

That’s the goal that brought Live Inspired 365 to life just two years ago; an organization all about spreading positivity in the community.

“Sometimes that’s just all somebody needs is here’s your sign, here’s your sign to keep going, here’s your sign that somebody cares, that there’s always somebody out there,” Friedman said.

For founder Chantelle Friedman, these positive messages, have much deeper meaning.

“Five years ago I lost my dad to suicide, losing him and seeing how people reacted afterwards, from family friends, we found it was very hard to talk about mental health,” Friedman said.

Now the organization has become a center for spreading hope.

“There are so many other people out there that are struggling that you may think have the perfect life or are smiling all the time. They’re still struggling as well,” Live Inspired 365 volunteer Kim Ryckman said.

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Kim Ryckman is one of the many volunteers who helps support the mission of Live Inspired 365.

“To make sure that everyone is feeling uplifted, but it’s also to help other people who may be down when they walk in to know that other people are caring about them,” Ryckman said.

It’s a message clearly displayed on every item you can find inside the new Live Inspired 365 storefront near 49th Street and Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls.

“This store is just to promote positivity. So we want people to come in and we want everyone just to have a smile on their face the moment they walk in the door to the moment they leave. So we have positive messages all throughout the store on photos, on clothing, on stickers and jewelry,” Ryckman said.

These items all make great gifts for loved ones, friends, graduates or anyone who might need some encouragement. Along with spreading positivity, these purchases also help support people getting treatment for mental health.

“All the proceeds actually go right back into our community. So everything that we made, we’re all volunteer run. No one’s paid a dime. All the money we raise and all the proceeds that we have here actually go back to the local behavioral health centers or other organizations that we do collaborations with. So we’ve worked with Call to Freedom, we’ve worked with the veterans,” Ryckman said.

Volunteer groups also put together care packages that are given to everyone who leaves treatment at Avera Behavioral Health and anyone who may be going through an emotional battle.

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“We’ve done packages for people who have miscarried, people who are undergoing cancer treatments. So our whole goal is just to let people know that they’re never alone,” Ryckman said.

“We were stamping stickers and each sticker had a different meaning on it and like a little different saying some of them were personal to other people who like work here or volunteer,” volunteer Mark Ryckman said.

Volunteers like O’Gorman junior Mark Ryckman say it’s a great place to come and write letters or personalize stickers and packages that could make a tremendous difference in someone’s day.

“No one really knows what everyone’s going through and they don’t know the big impact of these little things to us may have on these people. And so just doing that to help out anyone in need just really means a lot to every one of us,” Mark said.

A little effort for a small gesture that is already making an impact all over the community.

“The cards are amazing, you would think. Oh, okay, a card. No one’s going to think anything of it. But my favorite story that I heard was there was actually a gentleman who had checked out of behavioral health. He was doing okay and then had a relapse and wasn’t feeling great about himself and he knew he needed to go back in. And so when he went back into check into behavioral health, they said, Can we ask what brought you back in? Why did you decide to come in? And he pulled out one of our caring cards from his wallet. He said, Because I know someone out there cares. And so that’s that alone, as with everything that we do,” Ryckman said.You can find hours to shop at the volunteer-run store posted each week on the Live Inspired 365 Facebook page.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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