First lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence on Wednesday, Nov. 20, assembled comfort kits for U.S. troops deployed overseas during the holidays at the American Red Cross’ Washington, D.C., headquarters.
They were joined by a dozen Cabinet secretaries’ spouses to assemble the holiday care packages for troops stationed in Romania, Poland, Djibouti, Iraq and Kuwait.
“While most Americans are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, we have thousands of American troops deployed overseas separated from their loved ones,” the first lady said. “It is important as Americans to do all we can to support our troops and their nation’s freedoms,” she added, according to United Press International.
The comfort kits included personal hygiene items, snacks and games including decks of cards.
Also packed inside the kits was a note form Melania Trump and Karen Pence sending holiday wishes to the troops.
“Along with the spouses of the President’s Cabinet and those of our courageous men and women in uniform, we packed this kit to express our gratitude for the innumerable sacrifices you have made in defense of our freedom,” the note read. “We pray that during this Christmas season the love, respect and gratitude of our nation uplifts and protects you. May God continue to watch over you and all our nation’s service members.”
This is the second year in a row that Melania and Karen have participated in the program, and the first lady urged others to volunteer as well.
“I encourage people everywhere to participate in an act of service this holiday season and give back to our military, who protect our nation’s freedoms,” Melania Trump said. “One of the greatest privileges I have as first lady is traveling across our great nation and around the world, meeting troops and their families.”
The First lady also shared the event’s photos on her fanpage, saying: “It was an honor to return to the @RedCross today with @SecondLady to assemble comfort kits for troops stationed overseas this holiday season. Thank you to all of our military for the sacrifices you make for our country!”