Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump surprised one Missouri family with Christmas presents after their home was destroyed in a recent tornado.
Avalinn Rackley, 7, appeared to be in shock when her grandmother told her two large boxes of gifts came from the former president and first lady.
“Oh, my God!,” Rackley squealed.
Rackley’s grandmother, Pam Moore, posted a Facebook video of the little girl realizing who the gifts were from while sitting next to her father, Trey Rackley.
The boxes of Christmas presents included signed hats and books, presidential blankets, American Girl dolls, pens, and jewelry. The former first couple also included a letter sending their wishes.
“We are so encouraged by the strength and determination you have shown during this very difficult time. You will remain in our hearts for complete care and comfort as you continue to recover,” the letter read. “With your steadfast spirit, and the unwavering strength and support of your wonderful family and many friends, your future potential is limitless. May God bless you and your family.”
Trump did not publicize the gifts. They only became public knowledge after Moore’s Facebook post.
The Rackleys' home in Caruthersville, Missouri, was destroyed by a tornado during the series of storms that swept the Midwest earlier this month. Avalinn’s older sister, Annistyn, 9, was killed. Her mother, Meghan, suffered broken bones and severe brain trauma and is still recovering. Avalinn’s father and younger sister, Alanna, 3, suffered minor injuries, while Avalinn broke vertebrae when she was sucked up into the tornado. She must wear a neck brace and is learning to walk again.
“I was flying around in the tornado, and I prayed to Jesus to take care of me, and he spit me out — and the tornado spit me out into the mud,” Avalinn told RedState.
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Storms ravaged many parts of the Midwest, including Kentucky, in recent weeks, with the National Weather Service confirming 66 tornadoes across 10 states. There are now more than 90 confirmed deaths from the storms, making 2021 the deadliest year for tornadoes since 2011.