First lady Michelle Obama visited a Toys for Tots distribution centre in Washington DC in the days leading up to Christmas, and helped sort some of the gifts donated to the needy.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps reserve that has distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children over the past 62 years.

And if that wasn’t enough, she then helped keep an eye on Santa as he flew through the skies as part of NORAD’s Track Santa service.

NORAD – a joint US and Canadian military organization for aerospace and maritime defense – let children track Santa’s progress through internet and telephone this year, and some callers were surprised when Michelle Obama answered their calls.

“You know that Santa only comes after boys and girls have gone to sleep, no matter where he is in the world,” she told callers. “So Santa won’t be at your house until you’re fast asleep, okay? The radar shows that it looks like the vehicle is being pulled by all nine reindeer and it’s pretty full of toys. He’s moving at a pretty good clip. The weather looks good, so there shouldn’t be any problems with him getting the toys around.”

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