Donald Trump, Melania send Christmas gifts to girl injured in Missouri tornado that killed sister
The family said they recieved "hats signed by Donald Trump, Presidential blankets, American Girl Dolls, books signed by President Trump and Melania, pens, bracelets and so much more!"
Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania sent boxes of Christmas presents to Avalinn Rackley, a 7-year-old girl who was severely injured by a Missouri tornado earlier this month that also killed her sister Annistyn.
Avalinn's grandmother, Pam Moore, filmed the 7-year-old's reaction to the news that the former president sent her gifts, The Daily Mail reported.
In the video posted on Christmas, Avalinn sat next to her father, Trey, wearing matching Christmas onesies, in front of two large boxes. Her grandmother said, "These boxes came in the mail, and they are from...President Trump! Both of these boxes. Can you believe it?"
Avalinn grinned with excitement. She then squealed, "Oh my God!" and leaned back into the couch while wearing a back and neck brace for her injuries.
Moore posted on Facebook that the family received "hats signed by Donald Trump, Presidential blankets, American Girl Dolls, books signed by President Trump and Melania, pens, bracelets and so much more!"
The former president and first lady also sent a letter to Avalinn. "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," they wrote.
A tornado swept through the Rackley family's home in Caruthersville, Missouri, on Dec. 10. Parents Meghan and Trey, sheltered in their bathroom with their daughters Avalinn, 3-year-old Alanna and 9-year-old Annistyn. The Daily Mail states that the tornado flung the family into a field, killing Annistyn and severely injuring Avalinn and Meghan.
Avalinn was left with a broken vertebra and needed surgery. She will remain in a back brace for the "foreseeable future," The Daily Mail wrote.
Meghan suffered from severe brain trauma. She recently woke up from a coma and is slowly recovering.
Donald and Melania Trump told Avalinn, "With your steadfast spirit, and the unwavering strength and support of your wonderful family and many friends, your future potential is limitless."