WXYZ DETROIT — This has been a challenging year for everyone. The global pandemic has had a major impact on our nation, our state and Southeast Michigan’s safety net. Many non-profits have really been hit hard. An overwhelming number of fundraising events had to be canceled and social-distance restrictions have hammered away at volunteer efforts.
But thankfully, on Giving Tuesday this year, many people still managed to dig deep and give back to organizations that have faithfully supported our communities. That kind of unselfish giving shows the power we have on one set day. It also drives home a stark reality. People and organizations are in need all year long and even more so in 2020. This final month of December can be an especially important time to help make a difference in someone else’s life.
Because of COVID-19, many American workers and businesses need economic relief and support. The pandemic has created a demand, supply and financial shock that is putting tremendous pressure on our overall economy. Many of our hospitals are operating near capacity. Many businesses are having trouble keeping their doors open. And many of our local food banks such as Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners and Focus Hope have never been busier! Far too many are struggling to make ends meet.
But that said, Southeast Michigan has a long and proud history of philanthropy. We encourage you to continue this spirit throughout December. There’s still plenty of time to volunteer or donate – big or small – to your favorite cause. The need has never been greater and the reward has never been better!
I’m Mike Murri, VP & General Manager
Broadcast: December 3 - 6, 2020