WASHINGTON — A Christmas gift from the Obama family to close family friends in south suburban Olympia Fields, Eleanor “Mama Kaye, Wilson” — Malia and Sasha’s godmother — and her husband, Wellington, ended up being delivered to the home of a woman in north suburban Wadsworth.
Alane Eklund Church put the word out on Facebook when she mistaken received Wilson’s gift. She also posted a picture of the card. That led her to a Thursday booking on NBC’s “Today” show to talk about the mistaken delivery.
The gift to the Wilsons — a photo album with personal pictures of the first family — was tagged with a card addressed to “Mama Kaye and Papa Wellington.” Church told “Today” that the gift for the Wilsons was in a box the Post Office had repackaged with items sent to her by her brother.
Church wrote on Facebook, “Ok this is crazy!!!! We finally received Tom’s brothers Christmas box from NY…. It can damaged and with an extra gift!!! All the packages were opened and tossed in a toilet paper box!!!! We got the Presidents Gift!!!!!!!!What to do…….? Wow!!!!”
A White House official said in a statement, “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.”