I can’t believe another year is coming to an end – what a year it’s been! Top of my mind: the conclusion of a very long election season … but, no politics in MCM.
This issue is another example of why MCM has become one of the country’s most-read city magazines. Every month, our subscription list grows – not just with local readers, but people all over the U.S. who have Flint connections.
As always, our year-end issue is full of quality content. We have a “Happy Anniversary” spread recognizing milestones for 18 local organizations and businesses, a piece on the beloved, “One of a Kind” Judge Thomas Yeotis, and a multitude of city-zens at local Happenings! I have to mention the “My Success” piece on my friend, the energetic Shannon White. A talented architect (think Farmers’ Market), she has true enthusiasm for Flint and many exciting local projects coming up. In her spare time, she gives back to the city through charity involvement, while also raising a beautiful family with her husband, Ridgway.
In this last letter of 2016, I want to share a story that makes me proud that I invested in a magazine for the city I call home. In December 2014, we presented a piece on the non-profit group, Forgotten Man Ministries. They work with County inmates to prepare them for their eventual release from jail. It is one of many programs that has impacted our community, significantly reducing the recidivism rate. Pretty amazing.
The day after that 2014 issue hit the streets, I was at the gym when a good friend approached me to say that he and his wife had read the Forgotten Man piece, and were touched by how one man (a pastor) could change so many lives. He said that they had prayed about how they could help. They talked about their blessings, and how writing a check could benefit so many. The inmates are not all bad people; just living difficult lives. Maybe, they didn’t have the same opportunities. My friends decided to make a substantial donation to FMM. My point: this is the season of hope. Many of us are blessed. Some only wish they could put food on the table for their family, others just need a warm place to sleep. We will all spend the holidays in different ways. I know that we can’t all donate our money or our time; maybe you’re the one who needs that check. Because of My City, one family changed the lives of hundreds. We can all give in some way; this holiday season, think about your fellow city-zens. Volunteer, write that check, give a hug, buy a gift for a child you don’t know. Need ideas? Check out 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for a good start. Our great holiday section should inspire you.
I wish all of you the happiest of holidays! May God bless you and your families.
|Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief email@example.com|