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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 02:29 PM

'Could You Help Santa?' In Christmas Wishlists, Children Write Of Pandemic Hardships

'Could You Help Santa?' In Christmas Wishlists, Children Write Of Pandemic Hardships
December 20, 20208:00 AM ET



Jonah doesn't want anything for himself this Christmas. Instead, he asked Santa "to find a cure for Covid-19 and give it to us to save the world." Other children hope Santa and his elves are staying healthy. Yadhira wants help with her family's bills.

Every holiday season, children write to Santa, scribbling down which toys they want and any burning questions they may have onto letters for mailing to the North Pole. And every year, the U.S. Postal Service makes these letters available for anyone to "adopt" through its Operation Santa program in order to help make these holiday wishes come true.



In non-pandemic times, these letters reflect typical childhood desires and imaginations lots of tech gadgets, scooters, puppies and dolls. But this year, the letters offer a unique glimpse at the psyche of children toughing it out through a crisis unlike anything they've experienced before.

Kids everywhere have had to miss out on school and friendships. Millions have seen parents lose jobs, while others have watched loved ones get sick or even die. For many of these children, holiday worries this year have extended far beyond whether they have been naughty or nice.

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More at the link.

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/20/947119957/could-you-help-santa-in-christmas-wishlists-children-write-of-pandemic-hardships


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