Hoda Kotb Shares the Heartwarming Reason Her Daughter Haley Joy Gave Away Her Christmas Gift

During a recent episode of Today, Hoda Kotb told Jenna Bush Hager about how she's been teaching her kids to live with less and not have so many material things.

By Elyse Dupre Jan 05, 2021 3:23 PMTags
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The winter weather may be chilly, but this story is sure to warm your heart.

During the Jan. 4th episode of Today, Hoda Kotb shared how her 3-year-old daughter Haley Joy wrapped up one of her Christmas presents and gave it to a friend.

The topic came up while discussing New Year's resolutions with co-host Jenna Bush Hager. "I want everyone in my family to be, like, settled," Hoda explained. "'Cause I think you're happy when everybody's got their stuff together, and I feel like this is a year for everybody to find their cool lane. And they're already there, but it's just, like, hitting that stride."

The anchor, who is also the proud parent to 20-month-old daughter Hope Catherine, then explained she's been talking to her kids about living with less and not having so many material things—a message that clearly resonated with her eldest child.

"So yesterday, I walked in and Haley was wrapping one of her presents that she had already played with...and [she said], '[I'm going to] bring this to Christian,'" Hoda recalled. "And she taped it up. She goes, 'Can we go take it to Christian's house?' So, we took it…and we walked over there, and we delivered it, and he wasn't home and we came back home."

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This wasn't the young one's only act of generosity. The next day, Haley wrapped up a pair of glasses to give to her pal.

"His family's probably like, 'Why are we getting all of these things on our doorstep?'" Hoda said. "But I thought, that made me feel good."

Hoda adopted Haley Joy in 2017 and Hope Catherine in 2019. During an October 2020 interview with Entertainment Today, the morning show star said she and fiancé Joel Schiffman have discussed the possibility of adopting another child and have already filled out the paperwork.

"But you know, it's like with anything, sometimes things take years, some things never come to fruition, some things take a day, so you just wait and see," she told the outlet. "I always feel like it's, you know, it's in God's hands. It's not in mine, so if it's meant to be, we're happy 'cause, you know, we have room and we have love. We'll scoot right over, here's some more room over here."

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