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Melania Trump has a Valentine’s Day tradition that involves visiting sick children

First Lady Melania Trump / Facebook

First Lady Melania Trump has a Valentine’s Day tradition not many people know about. For three years now, the FLOTUS spent part of the special day with patients at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Melania Trump said that visiting the Bethesda, Maryland-based facility has become a tradition for her. “[It] has become a treasured tradition of mine,” the FLOTUS wrote on Twitter, according to People. “It was a wonderful day to share love & kindness with these strong warriors!”

The First Lady gamely played and had fun with the kids who are undergoing treatment at the NIH. She decorated cakes with them and answered all their questions about what the White House looked like.

“It was fun meeting the first lady,” an 11-year-old patient named Lucy said. “Not many people get to meet her. We talked about decorating cookies and the White House, how many rooms there are.”

“Many thanks to @FLOTUS for spending Valentine's Day, for the third year in a row, with the seriously ill children of The Inn,” the Children’s Inn later thanked Melania Trump on social medial. “Watch the live stream on our Facebook page.”

A child named Amana gave the FLOTUS frame with cutout heart while another child named Thais gave her a bouquet of roses. Melania hugged the children and promised to place the gifts she received from them in her office.

Melania Trump’s visit this year also reunited her with a patient who gave her a necklace last year. Amani Kadu, a 14-year-old Kenyan boy, gave the First Lady a silver necklace inscribed with “faith” and “hope” last year.

“You look so sharp! I love your tie,” Melania told the Kadu. “You look very strong. You look fantastic.”

The boy was born with sickle cell disease. He was a bone marrow transplant using bone marrow donated by his-year-old sister. The treatment proved to be effective and the boy has been cured of the sickle cell disease.

The First Lady is known for her “Be Best” initiative, which focuses on children's welfare. The initiative concentrates on three key areas - well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.

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