Melania Trump has canalized her inner Cupid on Friday, put on a red faux leather jacket to exchange Valentine’s Day cards and decorate cookies with sick children at the Children’s Inn of the National Institutes of Health.
For the third year in a row, the 49-year-old first lady spent February 14 in the residential center in Bethesda, Maryland, where she participated with the young patients in various arts and crafts projects.
Melania, always wearing red or pink for her Valentine’s Day visits, felt the holiday spirit in her Les Rêveries $ 690 coat, with matching red buttons and a wrap belt that held her waist.
Feeling the Love: Melania Trump visited young patients on Friday before Valentine’s Day at the Children’s Inn of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland
Lady in red: the first lady looked festive in a $ 690 trench with faux leather and belt from Les Rêveries
And here is one for you! Melania exchanged Valentine’s Day cards with the children
The former model combined her faux leather jacket with black pumps. She kept her jewelry simple, wore her wedding ring on her left hand and another platinum and diamond ring on the other side.
Her highlighted brown hair was styled loosely around her shoulders and she lingered with her distinctive makeup: dark, smoky eye shadow and a pink lip.
Melania smiled brightly as she entered the Children’s Inn and shook hands with the CEO of the center, Jennie Lucca, chairman of the board Susan Penfield, and NIH director Francis Collins.
The first lady received a special greeting from an 11-year-old girl named Lucy who stood by the door and waited to shake her hand as she entered.
Special moment: Melania was greeted by a little girl named Lucy (right) when she entered the center and stopped to see a young child in a hospital crib
First: Melania’s first stop was the cookie-decorating station. She was sitting between Lucy and another little girl named Princess (right)
Chat: the first lady asked the children questions while decorating a heart-shaped cookie
It’s the season: Melania used pink cherry to decorate her cookie
Holiday spirit: Melania had a bright smile on her face as she waved to staff and families in the middle
Lucy has Job Syndrome, a rare immunodeficiency that makes her susceptible to potentially life-threatening infections.
Melania listened intently while chatting with Lucy before stopping to see a young child in a hospital cot.
Then she went to the traditional tables, starting with a cookie decorating station. She was sitting between Lucy and another little girl named Princess.
A young boy was also sitting at their table and happily chatting with all the children as they pressed pink cherry on their heart-shaped cookies.
Stylish: the Melania trench was buttoned to the collar and tied at the waist with a wrap belt
Old friends: the first lady gave a big hug to a little boy named Amani, who gave her a gift when she visited the center last Valentine’s Day
Memories: her visit marks the third year in a row that she spent at the Children’s Inn on 14 February
Friendly gesture: Towards the end of her visit, Melania gave each of the children a red envelope with a Valentine’s Day card
Love it: Melania has enjoyed working with children since she became the first lady
Every table in the middle was covered with a pink tablecloth and different craft supplies for the children to make different valentines.
As she went from table to table, she made sure she took the time to talk to all the children she met.
She gave a big hug to a little boy named Amani, who gave her a gift when she visited Valentine’s Day.
Melania grumbled at how sharp he looked and said, “I love your tie.”
At Amani’s station, she and the children glued squares of tissue paper around a heart-shaped recess to make a Valentine’s Day wreath.
Distinctive style: Melania wore her highlighted brown hair in loose waves around her shoulders
If it’s not broken … She stayed with her distinctive makeup: dark, smoky eye shadow and a pink lip
Bling ring: Melania kept her jewelry simple, wore her wedding ring on her left hand and another platinum and diamond ring on the other
Stations: Every table in the middle was covered with a pink tablecloth and different craft supplies for the children to make different valentines
All dressed up: many of the children wore pink and red in honor of Valentine’s Day
Making cards: Melania took great care in choosing a colored pencil to use
While the first lady was talking to Amani, two little girls – Amana and Thais – presented her with a bouquet of white roses and a framed photo.
‘Thank you. This is very special, “she said after she gave the girls a hug. “This is on the wall in my office.”
Melania, who has enjoyed working with children since she became the first lady, then picked up a white wicker basket filled with red envelopes
She walked around and gave each of the children a card, and they handed her valentines in return.
All smiles: Melania beamed while talking to a little girl named Thai
Heart warming: Thais presented her with a large bouquet of white roses
Aww: Melania gave the little girl a big hug to thank her for the gift
Happy: Melania held her flowers in her arms while looking at something with Thais
Another gift: Melania also received a framed photo that she said she was going to hang in her office
Bonding: Melania spent a little more than 45 minutes with the children before she left. “Happy Valentine’s,” she told the children. “Stay strong, okay? We will think of you and pray for you ‘
The first lady spent nearly an hour with the children, and before she left, she thanked the staff and families in the center for having her.
“Happy Valentine’s,” she told the children. “Stay strong, okay? We will think of you and pray for you. You will be in my mind. Get well soon.’
The day before the visit, Melania tweeted her excitement and wrote: “I look forward to #ValentinesDay with the inspiring children of @TheChildrensInn at @NIH.”
“We are so honored that the First Lady has chosen to spend Valentine’s Day with the children and families of The Children’s Inn again this year,” Lucca said.
‘We look forward to her visit every year. Mrs. Trump brings a wonderful experience for our families and awareness for the much needed medical examination that is taking place here at the NIH. “