Bidens spread festive spirit at the Toys for Tots event

ARLINGTON, Va. – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden helped wrap gifts for children and boosted the Christmas cheer as the White House celebrated the 75th anniversary of Toys for Tots at a US Marine Corps Reserve event.

The event, held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in northern Virginia, is part of Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, which provides support and resources to military and veteran families, their caregivers, and survivors. Spouses of Pentagon leaders and local military children helped the first couple sort gifts.

“Military kids like you bring so much to our country,” Jill Biden said after a young child read a passage from the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

She added: “You support your parents with moves and deployments and sometimes help look after family members who may have come home with illness or injury. And you help neighbors when they need it, as you will do today.”

through the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, Marines and volunteers have shipped 627 million toys to more than 281 million children since 1947, according to the White House. Joe Biden noted that last year the initiative collected 22 million toys for 8 million children “to make life difficult for Santa”.

“But unlike Santa, you don’t wear big red suits, you don’t travel around the world in just one night. Instead, wear blue and army green,” the president continued. “You stand vigil all over the world every night.”

Then he had a message for soldiers and their families: “Not only are you the heart and soul of our nation, you are the backbone of our nation. And we owe you one.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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