It’s an annual tradition for the U.S. first ladies to visit a Washington children’s hospital, dating back to when Bess Truman was the first lady during the mid-1940s to 1953.
U.S. first lady Melania Trump kept up the Christmas spirit as she visited the Children’s National Health System, where she shared her “Be Best” anti-bullying campaign with those in attendance as she read a children’s Christmas book called “Oliver the Ornament.”
“Thank you to all the nurses, doctors & medical staffers who work around the clock to take care of people this holiday season,” Trump wrote about her visit.
#MerryChristmas to all the patients at @Childrenshealth! Thank you to all the nurses, doctors & medical staffers who work around the clock to take care of people this holiday season. pic.twitter.com/XMWILttFua
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 14, 2018
Before she read aloud, the first lady toured the neonatal intensive care unit at the Children’s National, meeting families and children who were born prematurely at 24 weeks, the Associated Press reported.
Trump heard a story from a woman who had an early delivery in the midst of a snowstorm in her husband’s truck.
Trump responded to the story saying, “You will have an incredible story to tell him.”
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Sitting in front of a gigantic Christmas tree, the first lady sat next to two children, with Santa Clause to her left and the author of “Oliver the Ornament” closeby.
The story she read aloud was about an ornament named Oliver who is bullied by other ornaments and overcomes it all with the Christmas spirit in his heart — similar to Trump’s “Be Best” initiative that encourages children to be the best they can be with courage, kindness, and compassion.
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“It is such an honor and I’m humbled by your kindness,” author Todd Zimmerman said about the first lady, AP reported.
“I also want to thank you for everything you do to promote kindness through your Be Best foundation and all of your daily activities. It’s that same type of kindness that we’re trying to promote with ‘Oliver the Ornament’ and it’s that same message that I hope all of you receive this Christmas season and throughout the entire year.”
“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year,” Trump said after she finished reading the book.