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First Lady in Waiting Makes Care Packages For the Troops


Like thousands of Americans today, Michelle Obama woke up bright and early to take part in the National Day of Service — and so did I! Thanks to Operation Gratitude, I got to participate in "A Day of Service for Our Military." We assembled care packages for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in a giant tent at RFK Memorial Stadium.

Sitting in the bleachers with my fellow cold yet cheerful volunteers, I got a quick briefing on how to make a care package. Soon they had us chanting "Fired Up and Ready to Go!" After walking in from our pep talk, I recognized Barack Obama's grandmother, who flew in all the way from Kenya, sitting right in front of me! She seemed to be taking in the spirited event with a calm demeanor. While putting together care packages filled with goodies like bug lotion, gum, and five-hour energy boosts, I noticed another special guest at the assembly line next to me — Michelle Obama!

After our work in the tent, my group moved back outside where we picked up an inauguration brownie and wrote letters to the troops. If you volunteered today, how did it go?

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