WXYZ Editorial: End 2019 with the gift of giving and volunteering to brighten the season

Posted: 6:04 PM, Dec 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-05 18:04:34-05

WXYZ DETROIT — On Giving Tuesday this year, millions of donations were made to organizations helping to transform their communities. We’re thankful that so many people unleashed their power on a set day. But the truth is, people and organization are in need 365 days a year! That’s why this final month of 2019 is so crucial.

We encourage all who can, to continue the spirit of giving and volunteerism throughout December. As a community, we do well by doing good!

This is the perfect time to reflect on what so many of us must be thankful for and are able to give back to our society. Fortunately, our overall American economy is good. Our unemployment rate continues to hover around 3.6-percent, one of the lowest rates in nearly 50 years. Michigan’s 4-percent unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national average but has been steadily decreasing since 2009 when it reached a record high and more than 720 thousand people were out of work.

But these current numbers don’t paint a full picture. Keep in mind that 14.2 percent of Michiganders still live below the poverty line. For children, it’s 19.3 percent and for African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans, the statistics are even worse. There are still too many homeless, working poor, seniors and college students struggling to make ends meet.

The good news is that Southeast Michigan has a long and rich history of philanthropy. As we wind down another year, we urge you to volunteer or donate – big or small – to your favorite cause. Doing so will make the holiday season even more beautiful and bountiful!

I’m Mike Murri, VP & General Manager
Broadcast: December 5 - 8, 2019