First Lady Melania Trump Makes Christmas Visit to Children’s Hospital

First Lady Melania Trump Makes Christmas Visit to Children’s Hospital

Melania Trump is keeping up the First Ladies’ tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital. 

Our First Lady toured part of the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s National Health System on Thursday and met with families and children treated there. 

Melania Trump Makes Christmas Visit to Children's Hospital

Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies’ tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital.

Mrs. Trump toured part of the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s National Health System on Thursday and met with families and children treated there.

The two boys and one girl she met ranged in age from 16 months to 6 years old. All three were born premature, at 24 weeks. Each weighed about 1 pound (0.45 kilograms) at birth.

The First Lady also read a book to patients.

The White House says she chose author Todd Zimmerman’s “Oliver the Ornament,” a story about a family’s cherished Christmas ornaments.

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year,” the First Lady said after she finished reading “Oliver the Ornament” at Children’s National Health System. The author, Todd Zimmerman, sat a few feet away.

Mrs. Trump launched an initiative earlier this year to teach kindness to children, naming it Be Best.

Mr. Zimmerman thanked the First Lady “from the bottom of my heart” for inviting him to be part of the visit, an annual tradition that dates to First Lady Bess Truman, who served in the role from the mid-1940’s to 1953

The tradition of a Christmastime visit to Children’s National dates back more than 60 years to First Lady Bess Truman.

Have a happy day! 

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