Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots
By Robin Givhan
First lady Michelle Obama played Santa Claus on Wednesday afternoon, delivering two bulging sacks of donated toys to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Quantico.
Earlier this month, when she unveiled the White House Christmas decorations, Obama also kicked off a toy collection drive to benefit Toys for Tots. So far, White House staff have donated some 500 gifts including board games and Legos and at least one spectacular Barbie Corvette. Obama delivered about a third of those goodies to Quantico. The rest will go to a distribution center in Anacostia. No word on which facility will be the lucky recipient of the Barbie luxury automobile.
The first lady arrived at the large, unheated warehouse where the toys are sorted, a space decorated with gold garlands and red bells. She was greeted by volunteers and Toys for Tots staff, as well as several Marines, including Staff Sgt. Christopher Gordon, who served as the Quantico campaign coordinator.
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December 16, 2009; 2:23 PM ET
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