Photos Courtesy Sean Lyon

7am.  Near freezing.  Pre-dawn at Crisis Assistance Ministry.  And the number of people already waiting in line feels like a punch to the gut.

Elevation Uptown volunteers and Elevation Blakeney staff and interns led the way early Tuesday to kick off #30DaysofThanks.

Fresh breakfast biscuits and hot coffee turn strangers into friends and allow us to smile, hug and share warmth and kindness.  I’m so grateful tonight for my colleagues and friends who today made it a priority to serve and sacrifice, and for a few moments, to be a friend to a neighbor in need.

72 opportunities to serve in 30 days – have you signed up, yet?  #30DaysofThanks.