Melania Trump hands Easter baskets and stuffed bunnies to domestic violence victims

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Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.
Melania Trump waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. Reuters/Mike Segar

Melania Trump visited a shelter for abuse and domestic violence victims in Florida to hand Easter baskets and stuffed bunnies on Holy Week. She also met with a group of girls and had a discussion with them for 45 minutes.

The surprise visit, which took place on Friday morning, was a chance for the first lady to speak with girls between the ages of 12 and 17 according to an exclusive report by Palm Beach Post. Matthew Ladika, the chief executive officer of HomeSafe, the non-profit organisation in charge of the shelter, described the girls’ meeting with Melania as a day that they will never forget, adding that the meeting with the wife of US President Donald Trump was “extra special and touching.”

Ladika has shared that the FLOTUS asked the group of girls about their interests. The agency said they are removed from their families by court orders and are currently under HomeSafe’s residential program.

Melania reportedly brought the girls Easter baskets and gifts and stuffed bunnies for other children at other HomeSafe residences. HomeSafe accommodates at least 40 boys and 7 girls in the in the South Florida area. Ladika also mentioned that before the first lady’s Holy Week visit, the Secret Service came over the Lake Worth residence to examine the area.

In other news involving the FLOTUS, Melania will receive legal costs from Daily Mail and Mail Online to settle a libel claim over claims she “provided services beyond simply modelling.” The Guardian understood that the settlement will cover legal actions brought by Melania against the Daily Mail in both the UK and US.

On Friday, NBC News reported that she is “preparing the residence” for her move to the White House. According to its source, Melania is preparing with redecoration and furnishings that complements the needs and tastes of the first family.

She is also already looking for a new school for her son with the US president, Barron, who will be the first boy to live in the White House since 1963. The then 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr was the last boy to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Further details about Barron’s new school were not made available, with officials saying that "Barron's privacy is very important to the first lady.” The first lady’s decision to stay in New York while his son finishes the school year has been criticized for costing significant taxpayer money.

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