DETROIT (WXYZ) - It is tradition this time of year to give and receive freely. If you can, we urge you to reach out to those who could use your helping hand. The need is great!
Here in Michigan, more than 1 million rural, suburban and urban households can't afford enough food for their families each year. Three hundred and twenty thousand children in Southeast Michigan rely on free or subsidized school meals.
When the economy turned a few years ago, many of these families fell on hard times through no fault of their own! They are the working poor, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and students desperately struggling to make ends meet. They need a hand up, not a handout! If you lost your job today, would you be one or two paychecks away from financial assistance?
Thankfully, homelessness in Michigan has been decreasing lately and seventy percent of the people who've used shelters in this state don't return once they leave. But here are the disturbing facts: The number of residents living in poverty has been increasing! Our local food banks, shelters, churches and non-profits just can't keep up with the growing demand!
This holiday season, we urge you to make a donation – big or small – to your favorite charity. Remember, it was President Teddy Roosevelt who said: "Actions speak louder than words!"
Together, let's make it a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all!