In early December, the President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was notified that First Lady Melania Trump would be supporting Toys for Tots during our 2017 Campaign. On December 13th, Mrs. Trump arrived at our Marine Toys for Tots warehouse in Washington DC to conduct a media event, volunteered her services by assisting with the sorting of toys, conducted a craft session with the children of military service members, and personally thanked the many volunteers who assist with the Washington D.C. Campaign.
Before introducing the First Lady, General Rex McMillian, Commander Marine Forces Reserve, thanked Mrs. Trump for her support of military families and her interest in and support of the Marine Toys for Tots Program. General McMillian noted that her participation with Marine Toys for Tots would greatly assist in our efforts to energize the public to support this year’s campaign.
General McMillian then introduced Mrs. Trump who spoke of the sacrifices of our military members and their families and noted that there were many service members deployed overseas who would be spending Christmas away from their families. Mrs. Trump also provided an extemporaneous narrative on the history of Toys for Tots and the impact that it has had on America’s less fortunate children over the past 70 years.
Following the media event the First Lady rolled up her sleeves and spent nearly an hour assisting volunteers with the sorting of toys, working crafts with children, and personally thanking all the volunteers for all they were doing to help bring the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children. She also posed for many photos.