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Michelle Obama, U.S. Marines team on Toys for Tots

December 17, 2009 |  1:47 pm
Michelle Obama

Her husband might be commander in chief, but First Lady Michelle Obama assumed the role of Santa in chief Wednesday, showing up with toys donated by White House staff to give to the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign.

Obama delivered the goods -- about a third of the 500 toys that had been donated so far -- to a warehouse near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. The campaign's goal: 150,000 toys for needy kids.

The first lady praised the Marines, ABC reports: "We are so proud and so grateful for what you are doing for this country, what you've done for this effort, and we will be a part of this as long as I'm in the White House."

She also noticed that the bins for children 11 to 14 seemed emptier than the rest, and said she'd be going toy shopping for the "older kids" over the weekend.

Obama told Oprah Winfrey on her Christmas special over the weekend that the first family will be spending the holidays, as they traditionally do, in Hawaii.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Michelle Obama speaks to volunteers Wednesday as she delivers toy donations collected by White House Executive Office staff to the Marine Toys for Tots warehouse in Stafford, Va. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images.

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