NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says the holidays are a time for people to count their blessings — not the presents under the tree.

De Blasio joined Rev. Al Sharpton on Christmas Day to help feed those in need and hand out toys to children in the community.

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“Our blessings are each other; our blessings are our family, our friends, our loved ones; our blessings include everyone who’s fighting for justice,” the mayor said.

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De Blasio told members of Sharpton’s National Action Network that it was efforts by ordinary New Yorkers that helped lead to recent changes in New York City, including the establishment of universal pre-kindergarten and the overhaul of the NYPD’s controversial Stop-And-Frisk policy, WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported.

“Change does come when people stand up,” he said.

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The mayor wrapped up his remarks with a call to cherish the city’s children, so that they may become the next generation of activists.