Billionaire first lady Melania Trump has an important message for Americans this holiday season: Life is about more than just material things.
Mrs. Trump joined military families for a gift sorting event this week at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. The event was part of the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots drive. While she was there, she took a moment to lecture everyone about the true meaning of Christmas.
“It is my hope that during this holiday season, people will remember it is not about gifts,” the first lady said from a podium surrounded by lavishly wrapped holiday presents, stuffed animals, toys, and children’s bikes. “It’s family, service, and gratitude. We must continue to look out for, and help each other.”
She added, “After this year’s devastating hurricane season, I hope everyone watching at home will consider giving back through programs like Toys for Tots.”
“I’ve seen people from all over our great nation pitch in to help those who lost everything, and I want to challenge people to continue with that giving spirit over Christmas and in the new year.”
As Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and other Christmas classics blared from the loud speaker, Melania, who just last week told a child in a hospital bed she wished she could spend the holidays “on a deserted island,” proceeded to stuff oversized boxes marked “Boy,” “Girl,” and “Toddler” with material goods, including action figures, dolls, stuffed animals, and games.
“As my first year as first lady comes to an end,” she said, “I have had the privilege to witness the spirit and resilience of so many people in our country.”