On fundraising of a different kind

I’m not gonna bullshit you: I’m still fundraising to help pay my November bills, and as a blog without commercial advertisements or sponsorships (“yet” on the latter), I’m always going to have to make pledge drives part of the daily grind so that I’m able to grind out content…

But the holidays are a rough time of year for so many people during our difficult pandemic timeline, and if you’re able to make a donation today, please consider someplace like Gleaners’ Food Bank, the Salvation Army of Michigan, or even my local food bank, Active Faith of South Lyon, which has helped Aunt Annie and me get through a year in which we lost both my mother and the income she brought into the household.

If you don’t want to donate to those organizations, do some online homework and find an organization that jibes best with your priorities and theirs…But I’m asking you today to consider giving to our over-stressed-by-COVID charities and food banks…

While also suggesting that, if you need help, YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT to call 211 to get financial or food security help. There is no shame in asking for assistance while we face so much uncertainty and so many job losses–I’ve had to learn to do so myself this past year–and there are programs that private charities, food banks and the State of Michigan’s Department of Human Services can provide.

I know it’s not easy to ask for help, but if you need help asking for help, I’m always available here, on Twitter or email at rtxg@yahoo.com. I’m no expert, but I have some experience getting started with some of these programs, and I’d be happy to steer you in the right direction if you need assistance.

Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for this American Thanksgiving, but there are a lot of us who are struggling as well, and if you’re one of them, don’t be ashamed–ask for help and get the assistance you merit.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.