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In the spring of 2020, the Covid-19 virus changed the world and made daily life much more challenging. We had to stay apart, away from work, school, and our normal routines. But, all around the world, kids came up with creative and thoughtful ways to help others. From making 3-D printed medical equipment to food bank fundraising to a neighbourhood joke stand, to creating a semi-automatic hand-washing machine, kids made a difference in their communities. Let's celebrate and take inspiration from their stories.
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Erin Silver has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in everything from The Washington Post and The Globe and Mail to Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping, among many other North American magazines, newspapers and blogs. She has a postgraduate journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from King’s College. She's a member of CANSCAIP, SCBWI, IBBY, The Writers Union of Canada, and Authors Booking Service. She lives in Toronto.
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Connecticut: 10-year-old Chelsea Phaire has given art kits to 1,500 kids in shelters and foster care. She raises money through her project, Chelsea’s Charity.
San Francisco: 12-year-old Mizan Rupan-Tompkins designed a protective device to help people press buttons safely. It’s called The Safe Touch Pro.
Jeffrey Wall, Ohio, teachers karate to the elderly.
Katie and Molly Harrington, Philadelphia, put on a good news only broadcast twice a week during the pandemic. They recently appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Sophie Fogel and Ellie Myers, from Brooklyn New York, helped create a leftovers cookbook so people can save money, use what’s in their fridge and not risk their health going to a grocery store during a pandemic.
Girl Scouts from Virginia Beach - Julia, Sylvie and Piper - held an online cookie shop to raise money for health care workers.
Piper Shumar, Michigan, collected cans to raise money to buy bikes for kids.
Stephen Wamukota made a wooden hand washing machine so people could wash their hands without running water.
South Africa: Ndlovu Youth Choir has created a song about proper hand washing to help people without running water learn to keep themselves healthy.
Brisbane, Australia: Hugo Tomkins, 7, printed a weekly edition of Isolation Times featuring quizzes, stories and recipes for his neighbours.
British Columbia: Callaghan McLaughlin, 6, made a drive by joke stand to make people laugh when they walked by.
Toronto: Joey Sieradzki from Rhythm Dance School wanted to bring joy to others and organized a dance-a-thon on Zoom to raise money for two Toronto hospitals. They raised over $20,000.
Toronto: Forest Hill Force hockey team, 8 and 9 years old, raised money and provided 6,000 meals to Daily Bread Food Bank.
Toronto: Veronica Kolarska, 13, helped put on a fitness fundraiser; money raised goes to Doctors Without Borders. She was also part of the Together Apart Orchestra, which raised enough money to provide music lessons to 1,200 kids in Africa.
PEI: J.J. and Ella Tremblay, 13-year-old twins, made crafts for neighbours to brighten their day.
BC: Quinn Callander made ear guards to help health-care workers wear masks more comfortably.
When 12-year-old Jorge Martínez, from Oaxaca, Mexico, heard the news, he got to work. Worried about health-care workers, he used his own savings and his 3-D printer to design and print face shields.
A primary class in Japan didn’t want to miss out on their graduation ceremony. Iyori Kashiwabara built a Minecraft ceremony so everyone could attend.
Hime Takimoto used her own money and made face masks for the elderly and orphans.
Arhan Chhabra wanted to help students around the word learn during the pandemic. The 15-year-old from Hong Kong set up Project CoVidya to provide education and support to those who needed it in India.
Jyoti Kumari, a teen from India, was stuck far from home with her wounded father when the lockdown was announced. She cycled him 1,200 kilometres to his native home.
Wiltshire, U.K. He had lots of schoolwork, but it didn’t stop Ben Thornbury, 14, from setting up an advice and support website during COVID-19.