First Lady Michelle Obama and Toys for Tots Team Up for the Holidays

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the sorting of toys

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the sorting of toys during a Toys for Tots service project at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Toys for Tots Distribution Center in Washington, D.C., December 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. to deliver hundreds of toys that Executive Office of the President staff donated to the United States Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign, an annual holiday toy drive. 

While there, Mrs. Obama welcomed home a  group of Marines that just returned from Afghanistan:

I hear that there are four Marines at this base that just returned home from Afghanistan last week, right in time for the holidays.  So I just want to take a moment to say on behalf of myself and my husband, your Commander-In-Chief, welcome home. 

Then Mrs. Obama thanked military families for all they do throughout the year, while still finding time to run programs like Toys for Tots.  

Most people don’t understand that you do all of this service on top of all of the challenges that you face as service members and as military families. And that’s the example that I think the rest of the country needs to see -- that even in the midst of your challenges, you find a way to give back to those less fortunate. 

And that’s what makes me proud. That’s what makes me want to step up and do whatever I can to support this effort and to support you all as men and women, and as young men and women -- young heroes, our military kids, who do so much sacrificing. And I really don’t know how you all do it....But I am grateful that you are who you are, and that you make those sacrifices. 

She then encouraged everyone to do his or her part, no matter how big or small:

I just want to make sure that…people know that Toys for Tots is still looking for donations.  We are -- these folks work until the bitter end. And if you want to donate, you can go to the Toys for Tots website, you can donate online. Or you can look up the nearest location in your community online, and just use the drop-off method.

Col. Rich Morales is the Executive Director of Joining Forces


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