Melania Trump looked ready for the holidays as she donned a green wool coat to sort and box toys at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
The 47-year-old first lady traveled to the base on Wednesday to help with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.
Melania’s winter green pea coat was belted at the waist and worn over a pair of figure-hugging tan pants.
The former model tucked her pants into a pair of nude, high-heeled boots that reached her calves.
Keeping with her holiday look, Melania wore her highlighted brown hair loose around her shoulders, and she wore minimal jewelry aside from her diamond wedding band.
The Toys for Tots program has provided toys and other gifts to millions of needy children around the country at Christmas since the 1940s, and Melania looked happy to sort through toys at the base.
Throughout her husband’s presidency, Melania has reveled in working with children, and Wednesday was no exception.
The mother-of-one was all smiles as she took some time to sit down with a group of kids while she helped them make holiday cards.
At one point, Melania was seen squatting down to show three-year-old Mehreem Donahue from McLean, Virginia, a toy that was in her hand.
The first lady appeared to take a liking to to the tot, as she was also photographed picking her up and sitting her on her lap while she chatted with the other children around her.
Melania’s face lit up with delight as she checked out some of the kids’ holiday cards at the charitable event.
In addition to making cards with the kids and sorting through toys, Melania took to the stage to speak to the military personnel and their children at the base.
Melania said she hopes the giving spirit that Americans displayed during a season of devastating hurricanes will continue over Christmas and into the new year.
She noted that she wants people to remember that the holidays are about family, service, and gratitude — not gifts.
Melania also added that Americans must continue to look out for and help one another.
Last week, Melania visited the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she participated in a Q&A with the children before reading them a Christmas story.
The first lady made her third trip this year to Children’s National hospital in D.C. to greet children and read them her favorite holiday book, ‘The Polar Express’ after answering a few of their pressing questions.
The Q&A session kicked off with Melania being asked about her favorite Christmas song.
‘My favorite Christmas song is “Oh, Holy Night.” And what is yours?’ she asked a youngster, who replied, ‘Jingle Bells.’
She was then asked about her dream holiday vacation spot, where she revealed she’d head to a deserted paradise.
Another child wanted to know about the first lady’s favorite family Christmas tradition.
‘Our family Christmas tradition is that Christmas Eve we have a dinner and we go to midnight mass or Christmas Day mass the next day, and then another family dinner, and Christmas on the 25th, Santa comes, we open the presents,’ she said. ‘And spending time together,’ she added.
Speaking of Christmas dinner, a young girl named Olivia asked Melania what she likes best to eat.
‘Hi Olivia, nice to see you,’ the first lady greeted back. ‘My favorite thing to eat is some healthy food,’ said the former model. ‘And you feel very good after. Not too much eating. But we all enjoy.’
‘The most important part is to spend time with your family,’ she added.
Finally, she was asked about what was on her Christmas list for Santa.
‘Oh, that’s a nice one,’ Melania murmured. ‘I asked Santa for Christmas, peace on the world, health, love and kindness. Thank you.’
After answering their questions, Melania talked about her love of the book ‘The Polar Express,’ while she read it to the group.
She then spent time chatting with the kids, getting to as many youngsters as possible, before being presented with a gift — an ornament from the hospital, along with a bouquet of flowers.