(Charity) Out of the Darkness

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to photograph the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” walk in Billings.

The weather couldn’t have turned out any better.  🙂  After a few days of wind and rain, I was crossing my fingers hoping for clear skies…and that’s exactly what we got!

I showed up early, well before the activities began, to try and capture the essence of what was going on behind the scenes.  What amazing people!  I couldn’t even count the number of volunteers who took their Sunday and spent it manning stations, tying balloons, serving pizza, taking donations, registering walkers, and generally lending an ear or shoulder for a fellow friend.

My most memorable moments of the day, were watching friends and family members write “We Miss You” messages onto white sheets of paper – and then tying them to balloons.  Some let their balloons go at their own special time, some gave them to their children for them to release, and some waited until the Walk began.  There was a balloon archway and I distinctly remember one woman walking under and through the arch – spreading her arms to the sky, and releasing her balloon.  I know *someone* heard her message that day.

Here are a few images from that day.  I feel so thankful to have been a part of such a wonderful charity and organization.   If you would like to learn more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, please visit www.afsp.org.

These were some of the AMAZING items donated for the silent auction!! WOW!!!!

This last one is for you Jessica.


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