(CNSNews.com) - In a videotaped weekly address, in which he was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama said that performing works of charity during the Christmas season gives Americans "a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what he taught us."
"So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors," said Obama in the address. "For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us--to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that can drive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and better citizens."
Michelle Obama then added: "So as we look to the New Year, let’s pledge ourselves to living out those values by reaching out and lifting up those in our communities who could use a hand up."
To see the president's complete address click here.