It’s Melania’s third trek to Texas since August, when the state was hit by Hurricane Harvey, which brought historic levels of rainfall, killing dozens of people and leaving behind damage estimates of 100 billion, according to >USA Today.
“While I am heartened by the strength and resilience of those impacted by the storms, I will continue doing all that I can to lend a voice and shine a spotlight on those who need assistance to rebuild and start new family traditions,” Melania said in a statement released by the White House. “As Christmas and the New Year approach, I encourage people to lend their time volunteering or providing financial support to those still reeling from the hurricanes.”
First Lady Melania Trump, Second Lady Karen Pence, and First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott visit students at Charlie Marshall Elementary. pic.twitter.com/yk7JZ5WKAs
Upon landing in Corpus Christi, the women talked with first responders, then set off for Rockport to meet a local family whose home was abolished by the storm. They also visited an elementary school to talk to students about the natural disaster and pitched in at a food bank.
Melania’s travel shoes have scrutinized in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.