In the spirit of Christmas, first lady Melania Trump visited the Marine Toys for Tots program Monday at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., to sort toys for children in need.
According to Toys for Tots, the goal of the program is to “bring the joy of Christmas” and “send a message of hope” to less fortunate American children.
Trump said that there are many ways to give back to communities all over the world.
“Whether it’s a Christmas gift to a child in London, donating school supplies to children in Africa, assembling comfort kits for troops deployed overseas, or showing kindness to a stranger, your actions can forever change the lives of someone in need,” Trump said.
Toys for Tots, she said, has proven that the idea of giving back is a timeless one and can be done at all ages.
The Toys for Tots program began in 1947 by Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Bill Hendricks and was formed as a recognized not-for-profit charity in 1991. The program now distributes an average of 18 million toys annually to 7 million less fortunate children.
Trump encourages all Americans to think about ways they can give back to their communities this Christmas season.