First Lady Melania Trump donated box lunches to the Children’s Inn hospital in Maryland to “support those impacted by the effects” of the coronavirus, according to a statement released by her office Tuesday afternoon.
“First Lady Melania Trump donated 150 boxed lunches to the pat patients and staff of Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health,” Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady spokesperson said in a statement. “Supporting those impacted by the effects of COVID19 is something the First Lady cares deeply about, and as we navigate these unique times she will continue to reach out to people in a variety of ways.”
Grisham added that the meals were transported through “contact-free delivery” in order to “to protect everyone’s safety at the medical facility.”
The Children’s Inn is a nonprofit residential that creates a “Place Like Home’’ for families with seriously ill children participating in pediatric research studies at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. 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.
Melania, over the past three years has visited the children at The Inn on Valentine’s Day. In February, she spent her third Valentine’s Day, visiting the children at the Inn, while comforting them during their difficult time. During her visit, the First Lady spent her time talking to each of the 10 children she met, while helping them decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies, creating paper maché heart decorations, and coloring Valentine’s day cards.
Last week, Melania sent care packages to hospital medical staff and children patients in 10 states that were the hardest hit by the coronavirus. Hospitals in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Delaware, Nevada, and the District of Columbia were sent the care packages. Children patients received gifts from the First Lady’s Be Best initiative containing blankets, caps, tote bags, pencils, backpacks, stickers, Dr. Seuss books, and games.
She also showed her gratitude by delivering boxed lunches to staff at a D.C. Trader Joe’s store.
Since the pandemic, the First Lady has been keeping active on social media by providing a steady stream of guidance of important messages from the Coronavirus Task Force and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also posted videos about the importance of social distancing, tips, and thank you messages to all the medical personnel and other frontline responders who are “fighting this invisible enemy,” as well as thanking essential workers who have continued to work and keep America open during these times.
Melania has also spoken with seven foreign leaders’ partners to date since the coronavirus crisis has turned the world upside down, including recently, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fiancée, Carrie Symond, Spanish Queen Letizia, Akie Abe of Japan, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, Brigitte Macron of France, Laura Mattarella of Italy and Elke Büdenbender of Germany.