Good morning. This week all across America we gather with the people we love
to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Each family has its own traditions,
yet we are united as a nation in setting aside a day of gratitude. We are grateful
for the freedoms we enjoy, grateful for the loved ones who give meaning to our
lives, and grateful for the many gifts of this prosperous land. On Thanksgiving
we acknowledge that all of these things, and life itself, come not from the
hand of man, but from Almighty God.
The blessings we have received take on special meaning in this time of challenge
for our country. Over the last year millions of Americans have found renewed
appreciation for our liberty and for the men and women who serve in its defense.
We have held our family and our friends closer, spending more time together,
and letting them know we love them.
Taking time to count our own blessings reminds us that many people struggle
every day -- men, women, and children facing hunger, homelessness, illness,
addiction, or despair. These are not strangers. They are fellow Americans needing
comfort, love, and compassion. I ask all Americans to consider how you can give
someone in need a reason to be thankful in this holiday season and throughout
It's easy to get started and to have an immediate impact. Volunteering your
time at a soup kitchen, teaching a child to read, visiting a patient in the
hospital, or taking a meal to an elderly neighbor or a shut-in are all simple
acts of compassion that can brighten someone's life. Every act of love and generosity,
however small it may seem, is significant. Every time you reach out to a neighbor
in need you touch a life, you improve your community, and you strengthen our
Earlier this year I created the USA Freedom Corps office in the White House
to harness the power of millions of acts of charity, compassion, and love to
make America a better place. I hope you'll consider joining the armies of compassion,
and dedicating time and energy and service to others. I'm so proud of the millions
of Americans who have answered the call to service, enriching the lives of others
with acts of kindness. It is a testament to the good heart and the giving spirit
of the American people.
There's no better time than this season of Thanksgiving to renew our commitment
to helping those in need. The USA Freedom Corp website -- USAFreedomCorp.gov
-- is a wonderful place to get started. This resource offers valuable information
about service opportunities in your home town, across America, an around the
world. You can also get information by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.
Take the time to find out how you can help your fellow Americans and make this
holiday season a season of service.