Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Defense: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown on track to become longest ever | Military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria | Bolton taps new deputy Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days MORE is getting Santa Claus onboard with "Be Best" — handing out items to kids emblazoned with the logo for her children's wellness and anti-bullying initiative alongside St. Nick.

The first lady appeared for the second year in a row at a Toys for Tots event with military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Maryland.

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"I have been looking forward to this event ever since last year's ended," Trump said in remarks to the crowd.

"As a mother, I feel children are the most precious gift of all. They provide so much joy in life," said Trump, mom to 12-year-old son Barron.

"As first lady, I have made it my mission to shine a light on programs that provide more opportunities for children to succeed," Trump said, before touting the initiative she launched earlier this year. "My campaign, 'Be Best,' focuses on the inspiring and lifesaving work of people and organizations across our country," she said.

Trump, 48, then greeted children gathered at the event, picking up one girl and attempting to high-five (albeit unsuccessfully) another youngster. She joined other kids crafting holiday cards before helping Santa pass out the "Be Best" tote bags, filled with a coloring book and candies.

Trump also donated 100 books to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, according to the White House.