Melania Trump packs 'comfort kits' for US troops and expresses sorrow for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan
"Today's tragic news out of Afghanistan only drives home the need to support the men and women in our military and their families," the first lady said.
First lady Melania Trump assisted the Red Cross in packing care packages for US troops on Tuesday, and expressed her condolences for the soldiers killed in a bombing in Afghanistan on the same day.
"Today's tragic news out of Afghanistan only drives home the need to support the men and women in our military and their families. We lift up the families affected by this terrible loss," she said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed three US service members near Ghazni on Tuesday, making it the largest loss of American lives in the war zone this year, Daily Mail reports.
"Our continued prayers remain with all our troops as we come together this morning to support our Armed Forces," Melania said. "I am very thankful for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice daily to protect not only the American people but our freedoms and way of life. To the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, and sisters who will be away from home as they answer duty's call - we thank you for your service," she added.
On Thanksgiving day, Trump hinted to reporters that his first visit to Iraq or Afghanistan to visit troops could come soon. "We're going to do some interesting things. We'll be doing some very interesting things," he said.
Melania along with second lady Karen Pence and other wives of cabinet members packed blue bags filled with snacks like popcorn and easy Mac along with toiletry items like toothpaste and shaving cream as she smiled and chatted with volunteers.
According to the first lady's office, the packages will soon be sent to troops stationed in Iraq, Poland, Kuwait, and Djibouti.
Her caring nature was lauded by Pence, who also noted that she was a blue star mother as her son Michael Pence is a marine. "Melania ... has a natural gift of being kind and loving to others. I believe that today's service project will mean more than we will ever know," she said.
The kits, which were spread out at two large tables, featured a card signed by Melania Trump and Karen Pence. "This kit was packed with care by the spouses of President Donald J. Trump's Cabinet and spouses of military service members who volunteer with the American Red Cross. We joined these spouses at the Red Cross Hall of Service in Washington D.C. to pack this kit as a way to honor your service. It is a token of appreciation from home during this Christmas season and an expression of our country's deep respect and gratitude for your military service. We stand with you and extend our wishes for a joyous Christmas and happy New Year," the card read, with the duo's signatures at the bottom.
Melania also encouraged all American citizens to volunteer in acts of service during the holiday season. "These comfort kits are one small way that we can say thank you and honor the sacrifices that members of the military make year around, and I encourage people everywhere to consider participating in acts of service such as volunteering during this holiday season," she said.
She also spoke about a reception she and President Trump held for volunteers who decorated 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as they unveiled the White House Christmas decorations on Monday.
"As many of you may have seen, the President and I unveiled the Christmas decorations at the White House yesterday and held the first of many holiday receptions to thank volunteers. This is such a wonderful time of year and we are honored to open the White House to the public so that families from all over the country can enjoy the decorations," she added.
"As we begin this Christmas season, which traditionally means spending time with loved ones, I believe we should also take time to remember all that we are thankful for as a Nation."