It goes without saying, but this is the time of year when we all acknowledge our gratitude for what we have. I believe that if this message is reaching you, you also have a grateful heart and are finding ways to give back, to help those less fortunate. I feel that I do my part; of course, we always wish we could do more.
This sentiment brings me to our bright and festive cover featuring the inaugural MCM Cityzen of the Year, Ms. Stephanie Confer. She’s known by many in Greater Flint for her involvement in many causes big and small, and the joy she gets from giving back is an inspiration. We had a great time at the photo shoot capturing her ebullient spirit. (Our thanks to Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club for indulging us.) Stephanie shares her thoughts about volunteering.
So many people are driven to give back and make Flint a better place and are succeeding in a big way. You find these stories in our magazine every month. Read the piece on Coolidge Park Commons, a new and much-needed housing development created by Glenn and Essence Wilson of Community Foundations First. And if you’re looking for ways to help people in the community who need it, especially during the holidays, we have a list of organizations ready for your donations. If you’re able, give ‘til it hurts!
When we gather to celebrate the season, most of us give thanks for the abundant food we enjoy. The My Eats features are so popular with MCM readers and fun for us, too. This month, we help you make perfect wine pairings for your holiday meals with tips from local experts. And we couldn’t resist a reader suggestion for a story about the Gingerbread Lady (cuteness overload?) Add Arts, Music, Fun and Sports features, our esteemed group of contributing columnists PLUS hundreds of faces enjoying recent local Haps and we have another engaging and top-quality issue! It’s our way of giving back.
At this time of year, many of us are missing family and loved ones, myself included. Take every opportunity to let those close to you know how much you appreciate them. From the MCM family to yours, we wish you holidays filled with love, health and happiness.
Thanks for reading,