BLOOMSBURG — Aran and Leann Campas just want to do what they can to prevent kids from committing suicide.
The couple, both 39, own Anatomic Body Arts in Bloomsburg and they will hold their 13th charitable fundraiser — “Tattoos for Life” — Sunday. This will be the second consecutive event there to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The parents of a 19-year-old daughter and a 15-year old son, Aran and Leann said recent suicides, especially among teenagers, caused them to become concerned. Add to that the fact that their children knew a few of the victims and they decided to raise money for the foundation.
“Last year there were so many suicides,” Aran Campas said. “Our children knew a few of the kids who committed suicide so we wanted to get involved.”
Last year the event raised $1,600 and Aran Campas hopes to surpass that figure this year.
“The issue is still out there front and center,” he said. “And Sept. 8 starts National Suicide Prevention Week. That’s why we chose that day for the event.”
The 2nd annual benefit will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at Anatomic Body Arts, 330 East 5th St., Bloomsburg. The cost will be $30 a tattoo. Designs can be viewed on the Tattoos For Life page as well as the Anatomic Body Arts Facebook pages.
Campas said 50 percent of the money collected will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Awareness. In addition, $15 of every piercing and 25 percent of all jewelry sales will be donated.
This will be the 13th “Tattoos for Life” event, having raised more than $11,000 for organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Make-A-WishFoundation, he said.
Customers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and no appointments will be taken. All donations are appreciated, even from people choose to not get a tattoo or piercing.
Campas said the minimum donation for a tattoo is $30, but larger donations will be appreciated. A person must be 18 to get tattooed, or 16 with parental consent, he said.