Michelle donates toys to kids

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 11:01 hrs

Michelle Obama has delivered about 900 gifts to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign.

Thanking military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. the First Lady shared how they make her job 'easy' in their representation of the U.S. as well as in inspiring her role in the White House.

"The military families are what inspires my work," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying at the annual toy drive started by a Marine reservist and his wife.

"Somehow you're always the ones who find the extra hours in the day to give back, above and beyond what life has thrown your way anyway," she said.

The toys were donated by White House employees and American CEOs, and also by Obama's two daughters 14-year-old Malia and 11-year-old Sasha, according to the White House.

Michelle along with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, started the Joining Forces campaign in 2011 to honor and support military families.

Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Pete Osman, president and CEO of Toys for Tots, said the demand for gifts seems to go up every season, especially in the Northeast after this year's 'curveball' Superstorm Sandy.

Lt Osman thanked the first lady for being the program's 'No. 1 volunteer' since she has enlisted public support and rolled up her sleeves to help in each of her four years in the White House.

"When Michelle Obama leads, the American people follow," he said. (ANI)

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