Melania visits kids, helps with Toys for Tots campaign
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Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Job growth soars in November Impeachment hearing didn't go as Chairman Nadler planned The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE is getting in the giving spirit ahead of the holidays, sorting toys and crafting cards with kids during a military base stop outside Washington.

“Today I’m here to support the amazing work that Toys for Tots has been doing to make the holidays brighter for children across the country,” Trump said in remarks at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Wednesday
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“It is my hope that during this holiday season, it is not about gifts, it is about family, service, and gratitude,” Trump, mom to 11-year-old Barron, told a group of military families, including about 40 of their children. 
 
Praising the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual toy drive, Trump said, “On a personal note, as my first year as first lady comes to an end, I have been privileged to witness the spirit and resilience of so many people in our country.”
 
“After this year’s devastating hurricane season, I hope everyone watching at home will consider giving back to programs like Toys for Tots,” Trump, 47, said.
 
“We must continue to look out for and help each other,” she added.
 
Sporting a green belted jacket and tan boots, Trump then assisted the kids in sorting a variety of gifts into bins marked for boys, girls, and toddlers.
 
She scooped up a 3-year-old girl on her lap as she sat down to create holiday cards to accompany the load of presents.
 
“What is your wish?” she was heard asking the children, before picking up a red pen to write on one of the cards.
 
The visit continued a tradition of sorts from Trump’s White House predecessor — former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas buy home on Martha's Vineyard Michelle Obama to donate 0K to Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund Julia Roberts, Michelle Obama traveling to Southeast Asia for Girls Opportunity Alliance MORE began taking part in the annual toy drive in 2011, and placed the first Toys for Tots collection box at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during her husband’s first year in office.
 
A Toys for Tots official said the campaign’s goal is to collect 7 million toys and distribute them to more than 3 million children this holiday season.
 
Below are photos of the event taken by Judy Kurtz.
 
 
Melania visits with children at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
 
 
Melania helps kids make holiday cards.