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Holiday Greetings From The Governor

Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:

“Hello, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year because it is about what matters most: family, friends and giving back. Here in California, we want to make this holiday season what Maria calls, “A Season of Giving.”

A few weeks ago, when we celebrated Chanukah and lit the Menorah at the Capitol, we also held a toy drive.

Then we took those toys to the hospital.

You should have seen the faces of the children light up when they got their toys.

When we lit our Capitol Christmas Tree we collected food for the needy.

A few days later, I was at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in South Los Angeles to light another Christmas tree.

There, the California Highway Patrol hosted another fantastic toy drive. We handed out those toys to the children there and again, you would not believe the joy that they showed.

These are difficult times.

And this is an opportunity to make a difference and also set an example for your family and your community.

I know this is a lesson I have taught my four children since they were babies: we are judged not by what we have, but by what we give.

So this holiday season let’s all commit to reaching out and helping others.

There is likely a family in your neighborhood that is hurting in these economic times.

There are children in a domestic violence shelter who need your support.

There is need everywhere and no matter what our situation is we can each do something to help.

So Maria and I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah and a fantastic holiday season.

Have fun. And don’t break a leg when you go skiing, by the way. So, thanks for watching, and thanks for listening.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com