This article by Haley Britzky originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues.
Care packages put together by first lady Melania Trump and second lady Karen Pence on Wednesday could soon end up at a military base near you.
The comfort kits -- headed to deployed U.S. troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Romania, Poland, and Djibouti -- include hygiene products along with Rice Krispies treats, popcorn, Swiss Miss hot chocolate, and microwavable muffin mix that is the "perfect size for 1" and will definitely, definitely not get screwed up by a private who doesn't know what three tablespoons of water looks like.
"While most Americans are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, we have thousands of American troops deployed overseas and separated form their loved ones," Trump said. "It's important as Americans to do all we can to support our troops and their families. I encourage people everywhere to participate in service this holiday season, and give back to our military."
The packages did not appear to include Rip Its or cans of dip.
Joining Trump and Pence at the American Red Cross Hall of Service in Washington, D.C. were various cabinet secretaries' spouses, including Susan Pompeo, Louise Linton, Christine Barr, Hilary Ross, and more -- along with military spouses and Red Cross volunteers.
This is the second year that Trump and Pence have helped organize the comfort kits.
"Along with the spouses of the President's Cabinet and those of our courageous men and women in uniform, we packed this kit to express our gratitude for the innumerable sacrifices you have made in defense of our freedom," reads the included note, signed by Pence and Trump. "We pray that during this Christmas season the love, respect, and gratitude of our Nation uplifts and protects you.
"May God continue to watch over you and all our Nation's service members."
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