Former First Lady Melania Trump mark the lovey-dovey holiday with a heartwarming message to the “brave and inspirational” young patients staying at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
“On this #ValentinesDay, I think of the brave & inspirational children at @TheChildrensInn @NIH where I visited the past few years,” Melania tweeted on Sunday with pictures of her visit to the center over the last three years. “Sending them love & strength, today & everyday. #HappyValentinesDay.”
Melania as First Lady visited the specialized hospital on Valentine’s Day for three consecutive years. During her visits, the First Lady spent her time talking to each of the children that she has met, as well as helping them decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies, creating paper maché heart decorations, and coloring Valentine’s day cards.
Melania 2018 Visit To NIH
The Children’s Inn is a non-profit that creates a free “home away from home” for children with critical health conditions. According to the Children’s Inn spokeswoman, several children have rare genetic diseases including sickle cell anemia, giant axonal neuropathy, and various other immunodeficiency diseases.
“It was so lovely that Mrs. Trump was able to spend a significant amount of time with each child,” Aisha Dubose, associate director of program and services for The Children’s Inn said following Melania’s visit last February. “To know how much she cares about the children at The Children’s Inn means so much to our children and families, and it made Valentine’s Day extra special.”
Children and their health was a main priority for Melania during her time as First Lady. Melania dedicated her signature “Be Best” initiative to bringing awareness to issues that impact the lives of children. The mission of Be Best is to promote the values of encouragement, kindness, compassion, healthy living, and respect in children.
Melania 2019 Visit To NIH
In the past two and a half years since the creation of her initiative, Melania has traveled across the country and overseas highlighting people and programs dedicated to helping children learn, work through, and overcome these issues.
Some of the Be Best accomplishments include visits to over 20 classrooms and meeting with nearly 4,000 students from all over the world, and touring nearly 20 hospitals in the United States and internationally to thank medical staff for their devotion to children patients.
“Over the past two years, I have heard from countless medical staff, educators, leaders in technology, and many more doors to these issues and how to provide innovative solutions and life-saving resources,” Melania said in a three-minute video message posted on her Twitter account celebrating Be Best two-year anniversary last May. “When it comes to the well-being of children. It is our job as adults to raise emotionally healthy children by passing along these strengths and values while building their confidence in order to give them the best opportunity to succeed in the day.”
Melania 2020 Visit To NIH
The former first lady has indicated that she will continue her Be Best Initiative program, establishing her own post-White House from Florida.