A special gift from the Obama family intended for the godmother of the president’s daughters was mistakenly delivered to an unsuspecting recipient in Illinois, after a post-office mix-up.

From ABC News:

A woman in the Chicago suburbs got quite a surprise when opening up a delayed Christmas package from her brother:  A present from the Obama family was mistakenly inside.

Alane Church told ABC News that a box filled with Christmas presents for her family from her brother in New York arrived a week late and was in complete disarray. The presents had been re-packaged in a toilet paper box with all of the packages as well as the ripped wrapping paper inside. There was also a note from the Post Office apologizing.

Church said she received the delayed box on New Year’s Eve, but didn’t open it until yesterday and she didn’t realize there was another package at the very bottom until she had passed out all the presents to her children. It was a photobook like the ones made on the photo site Shutterfly from the Obama girls to their godparents and Church says it is a “beautiful book.”

The book contained photos from all throughout the year, some that appeared to have been taken professionally, but others that “look like they are taken on someone’s phone, just sweet memories,” according to Church.

A tag on the present was addressed to “Mama Kaye and Papa Wellington” and marked from “Barack, Michelle and the girls.”  “Mama Kaye,” as it turns out, is Kaye Wilson of Chicago, the godmother of Sasha and Malia Obama.

Church explained that she learned more about the intended recipient of the gift after she posted a photo of it on her Facebook page, according to ABC News.

Church said she didn’t know what to do at first so she put a photo of the present on her Facebook page and that’s when a friend told her “Mama Kaye” is the godmother of the Obama daughters. Church contacted Wilson and Church said she was “elated” because she had been “waiting for it to arrive.” Wilson told her “every year the girls make a book of their life in the White House.”

Church is reportedly working on getting the present delivered to its proper location, once she can figure out how to contend with the snow in Illinois.

The White House has confirmed that the photo book is from the Obama family, according to Politico.

“The president and first lady sent a book of photos to their children’s godmother for Christmas. There was an errant delivery, but we’re appreciative of the effort underway to make sure the gift arrives at the intended destination soon,” a White House official said.

(Featured image credit: ABC News video)


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