A lover of all things Christmas, first lady Melania Trump enthusiastically took part in a Toys for Tots event Tuesday at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
Each year the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve-led Toys for Tots program distributes toys to poverty-stricken children. Trump participated last year and had been itching for this year’s festivities to begin.
“I have been looking forward to this event ever since last year’s ended. As a mother, I feel children are the most precious gift of all. They provide so much joy in life,” she said during a speech at the event Tuesday, according to The Hill.
“As first lady, I have made it my mission to shine a light on programs that provide more opportunities for children to succeed. My campaign, ‘Be Best,’ focuses on the inspiring and lifesaving work of people and organizations across our country.”
This year the first lady greeted children, joined them in crafting holiday cards and teamed up with the one and only Santa Clause to hand out “Be Best” tote bags reportedly filled with goodies.
Watch scenes from this year’s festivities below:
“I believe in the good work that Toys for Tots is doing,” she added during her speech. “Their mission to send messages of hope to children and motivate them to grow into responsible and patriotic citizens and community leaders is so important to our society.”
Trump also reportedly donated 100 books to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program and helped sort Santa’s many toys, including dolls, cars, games and stuffed animals, among others.
Retired Lt. Gen. Henry Osman, the president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, told the media that she was the organization’s “No. 1 volunteer.”
“What a champ she has been,” he said.
Watch the first lady handing out tote bags below:
The Toys for Tots event occurred about two weeks after the first lady finally unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations.
Of special note this year was the “Be Best” theme in the Red Room: “The room is filled with ‘Be Best’ ornaments as well as ornaments paying tribute to kids favorite activities, such as skateboarding, karate, reading, and ice skating,” the Daily Mail notes.
See the decorations below:
The Mail also noted that the first lady participated in this year’s Toys for Tots event while wearing a $1,050 Tomas Maier jacket with skinny jeans and navy boots.
Trump is known for both her love of Christmas and her love of children. Launched earlier this year, her “Be Best” campaign advocates for the well-being of young children and teens.
“It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits,” she said in a statement during the initiative’s launch.
Save for the haters, the public’s reaction to her “Be Best” campaign has been positive. So has the reaction to her participation in this year’s Toys for Tots event.
What a heartwarming gesture from First Lady Melania.
Are you proud of her?https://t.co/uYV7XIOFZO
— RJ Newsflash (@RJNewsflash) December 11, 2018
Beautiful inside and out. Yes, super proud!
— Lisa Shepard (@lisaszurg) December 12, 2018
I’m very proud of our FIRST LADY she’s gracious kind and truly is passionate about her mission helping our children
— Janie Welborn (@ellie30506) December 12, 2018
She just does the right thing all the time and doesn’t look for the MSM to give her their approval.
Classy, exceptional First Lady
— ckap11 (@ckap111) December 12, 2018
Very proud! ??God Bless our First Lady
— Lisa P (@lisapcrownbags) December 12, 2018
Yessss! Our First Lady is kind and generous and beautiful. Love her.
— Hobb (@Robbie63689447) December 12, 2018
I’ve never been prouder of a 1st lady.. she keeps it together with class. Even when the left tries relentlessly to destroy everything we stand for
— aaron edge (@aaronedge8) December 12, 2018
But as usual, there was a lot of hate too from those poor Scrooges so overcome with Trump Deranagement Syndrome that they’re incapable of seeing good in anything.
That’s nothing to be proud of. Those kids were probably pretty damn sad. Good God she’s so out of touch.
— Horseface Rogue Killah (@acker_womann) December 11, 2018
Omg…stay away from the Marines…YOURE NOT WORTHY!
— Deb Deschenes (@deb_deschenes) December 11, 2018
Kids no! That’s not a light shining on your opportunities it’s tear gas. Oh wait, never mind. These children are white. #BeBest
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) December 12, 2018
Like her husband, she can’t say anything nice without reading it from a TelePrompTer. Report this accurately @ABC—she didn’t ‘say’ anything. She read a script someone else wrote for her.
— TLynn (@terrilynnrutter) December 12, 2018
She’s shone how comparable she and her husband are; superficial, no substance. She’s shone a light on their racism and disregard for the well being of children.
— Regina (@Regina08652099) December 12, 2018
Just another Melania photo op.
— Peggy Holloway (@authorpholloway) December 11, 2018
Chances are very high these depraved souls will NOT make it onto Santa’s “Nice” list.
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