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Sending Gifts

The President and the First Lady strongly encourage all Americans to consider sending contributions to their favorite charities in lieu of gifts to the First Family.

For security reasons, please do not send perishable gifts —such as food, liquids, or flowers — to the White house. The White House is unable to accept cash, checks, bonds, gift certificates, foreign currency, or other monetary equivalents. Additionally, items sent to the White House are often significantly delayed and can be irreparably harmed during the security screening process. Therefore, please do not send items of personal importance, such as family photographs, because items may not be returned.

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While President Obama, the First Lady, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Biden appreciate your generosity, they request that instead you look to your local community for opportunities to assist your neighbors in need.

Please visit to find volunteer or charitable opportunities in your community.

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