Pence issues last Christmas message as governor

Gov. Mike Pence released his 2016 Christmas message to Hoosiers this morning.

Pence, a Columbus native who will soon be leaving office to take on the role of vice-president, said:

Many Hoosiers across Indiana will be celebrating Christmas with their own special and time-honored traditions, sharing with one another not only material gifts but also the rich blessings of family, faith and friendship.

During this season of giving, let us also remember the reasons we celebrate by finding ways to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Donating to a food bank or volunteering time to a charitable cause are just some of the ways we all might better fulfill the true meaning of the holidays.

Many of you already are pouring your hearts into these very acts of compassion. I have seen firsthand the amazing generosity of Hoosiers. During this special time of the year, let’s make a renewed effort to share the joy of this season with those most in need.

As you spend time with family and friends during the holidays, let us also pray for those serving in our Armed Forces and their families, for our police officers and firefighters, and all those faithfully standing post this holiday season to defend our liberties and keep us safe.

Karen and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

May God continue to bless you.