Cao Family Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Pack Healthy Items for Underpriviledged Children

June 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-02) and his wife Kate and their two daughters, Sophia and Betsy, joined First Lady Michelle Obama to assemble packages of healthy foodstuffs and items encouraging physical fitness for underprivileged children in the Washington, D.C. area.

The activity was part of a community service project held at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Northwest Washington for members of Congress and their families in advance of this year’s Congressional picnic tonight on the South Lawn of the White House.

Kate Cao said her daughters recognized the First Lady by sight and jumped into her arms. “She carried both of them in her arms,” Ms. Cao said. “She’s personable and very friendly, and Sophia and Betsy were delighted to spend time with her.”

Congressman Cao said, “It was wonderful to take part in such a worthy cause with the First Lady. My family and I considered it a privilege to do our part to encourage underprivileged children to develop healthy eating habits and get plenty of exercise.”

During the event, Ms. Obama recognized AmericCorps volunteers for their work in response to the BP oil spill. She said, “I understand this group has just come back from Louisiana and all along the Mississippi and the Gulf Coast, so they’ve just come back and already they’re hitting this project. So we are just so appreciative and proud of the work that you all are doing. Keep it up — and recruit more people all the time.”

Addressing the gathering of members of Congress and their families, Ms. Obama said, “You all know the difference that a few passionate, committed individuals can make in the life of a family, a school, a neighborhood and a community. And we all want to encourage folks to make that kind of difference every day all across the country.”

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