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First Ladies visit Coastal Bend to survey Harvey recovery

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First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Spence visited storm victims who have lost their home. First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Spence visited storm victims who have lost their home.
The First Ladies gave personal 'thank yous' to first responders and discussed hurricane recovery progress. The First Ladies gave personal 'thank yous' to first responders and discussed hurricane recovery progress.
The group also spent time with volunteers at the Coastal Bend Food Bank and sorted through boxes of donations. The group also spent time with volunteers at the Coastal Bend Food Bank and sorted through boxes of donations.
Melania Trump has encouraged people to volunteer during the holiday season and help storm victims rebuild. Melania Trump has encouraged people to volunteer during the holiday season and help storm victims rebuild.
Trump and Pence hope to keep areas affected by Harvey in the spotlight. Trump and Pence hope to keep areas affected by Harvey in the spotlight.
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First Lady Melania Trump and the Vice President's wife Karen Pence made a return visit to the Coastal Bend today to check on recovery efforts here. Three months after Hurricane Harvey, Trump and Pence toured areas still recuperating from the storm. 

There was buzz and excitement when the First Lady and Second Lady landed at a private hangar at the Corpus Christi International Airport. 

"Wow, I mean what an honor," Captain Danny Lorberau with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office said.

Captain Lorberau was one of dozens of first responders who received a personal thank you from the First Ladies and shared his thoughts about the ongoing recovery.

"They care enough to come and look at the area and see the progress," he said. 

Yet despite progress, many Coastal Bend families are still left with nothing, like the the Zamoranos. Their house in Rockport was completely destroyed by Harvey. Now three months later, and just weeks before Christmas, the family of seven remains displaced.

"As we approach Christmas this holiday season, your family is an example of what it means to have hope and recognize your blessings," Trump told the parents and their five children. "You serve as a reminder to all of us that the best gifts are those of family and friends, love and kindness."

The First Ladies also visited Charlie Marshall Elementary School in Aransas Pass. They spoke with students and teachers that are catching up after starting the school year seven weeks late due to Harvey. The school building still has damages, and with the nearby middle school destroyed, 6th and 7th graders are taking classes in the library and other free spaces. 

The final stop in the Coastal Bend was the Coastal Bend Food Bank, where Trump and Pence met with volunteers and sorted through donation boxes. Despite damage to the food bank's building, volunteers continue feeding those in need after Harvey. 

With some hands on work and words of support, the First Ladies hoped to assure Harvey's victims, that they will not be forgotten. 

"We are here to lend our support to those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey," Trump said. "My husband's administration has worked with Governor Abbott to ensure resources are made available to help your community recover from the storm, and I know I speak for him, as well as Vice President and Karen Pence when I tell you that we are with you every step of the way to help you rebuild even stronger than before."

Trump has encouraged people to volunteer and help storm victims rebuild this holiday season. 

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