When the virus came, things got hard for their family - and not just because Jensen and Niamh had to stay away from their friends.
“My wages have been cut,” says their mum Charlie, who works at a nursery.
Save the Children made it a bit easier. They helped Charlie get supermarket vouchers, and crafty learning packs, so they’d be ready to return to school.
“That keeps them entertained cos they really like making things,” says Charlie. One of Jensen’s favourite things to make is stories. Want to hear his newest?:
“It was about a clown that dropped a cupcake down a drainpipe, and then a kangaroo came and stuck its nose down it, so it could get the cupcake out.”
This year's been scary. But it can be even scarier for kids stuck away from home, like Maya, 14, who's lived half her life in a camp in another country.
“What scares me the most about coronavirus is if it hits someone I love,” she says. “It will spread quickly between people, because [the camp] is highly populated and [houses] are next to each other.”
That’s why Save the Children’s health team is getting the word out about the virus in the camp, and superstar Maya has put her hand up to help out.
“I advise children to take care of their hygiene, stay away from crowds, sanitise their hands and follow quarantine.”
* Maya’s name has been changed here to keep her safe
“She’s one of the brainiest five-year-olds I know”, says Lexi-Mae’s mum, Georgina.
Lockdown has been hard for them – but Lexi-Mae is her mum’s rock. “I think she’s been coping more than I have,” says Georgina.
Save the Children helped this dream team out with food vouchers and a learning pack to help Lexi-Mae’s big brain keep growing.
That’s what Christmas Jumper Day is all about, people!
DO YOU KNOW HOW JUMPERS CHANGE LIVES?
Christmas is amazing because you can stop being such a grown-up and see the world like kids do. Even boring things turn into awesome things: like when a smelly old curtain turns into the best donkey the school has ever seen.
But the thing is, that magic is there all the time! You 've just gotta look harder, people! Simple medicine saves lives; food helps kids grow up strong and smart; and books help kids see a whole new world. So that £2 donation might look like just £2. But it could warm some tummies, save some lives, and change the future. That’s big.
Here's some amazing examples of what Save the Children can do:
- £2 could pay for hand sanitiser to help fight coronavirus in one of Save the Children’s medical clinics
- £6 could buy a face shield for a superhero health worker i n Yemen
- £10 could buy antibiotics to help five children beat malnutrition
- £20 could buy a back-to-school kit for a child in Indonesia
- £60 could buy toys and books to support children from struggling families in the UK
- £100 could buy a first aid kit for a health worker in Somalia
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