First Lady Melania Trump carried on a longstanding tradition Thursday when she paid a visit to the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
The tradition dates back as far as 60 years to when first lady Bess Truman visited the children being treated at the hospital.
During her visit Mrs. Trump took a tour of the neuroscience center where she visited several patients and their families as well as the doctors, nurses and other people on staff at the facility. Afterwards, two patients escorted the first lady to the hospital’s main atrium where she read “The Polar Express” and spoke with the patients about what the holidays mean to her.
“I was so grateful at the opportunity to spend time with the children and their families today and want to thank the medical staff at Children’s National for their lifesaving work,” the First Lady stated. (SLIDESHOW: Melania Trump’s Best Looks From The Summer)
“The holidays are a time for hope, love, traditions and family, and it is my wish for everyone to be able to celebrate them in good health with their loved ones. Many of the patients and families I visited with today cannot spend the holidays at home this year, so I ask everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers as we hope for a speedy recovery and joyous New Year.”
The first lady looked angelic, as she often does, with an off-white dress and a matching coat draped over her shoulders.