Kids drawing that says "I want to help my teacher!" #DoYourJob

Kids Across the Country Send Letters to Congress Demanding Stimulus, Help for their Families and Communities

Children of Members of Parent Advocacy Group ParentsTogether Send Letters and Drawings Asking Congress to #DoYourJob and Pass Another Relief Package

Letter by Rain (13 years) says: "Dear Senator Susan Collins, My name is Rain Dee and I live in Washington County, Maine. I go to Princeton Elementary school where over half of the students attending come from low-income families. Many of us have been greatly affected by Covid-19 and the quarantine that came with it, causing parents to have to stay home to take care of their children and the recent outbreak of positive cases that could cause even more problems like a second quarantine and, possibly, remote learning for a second time. More than ever, families undeniably need relief. Why is Congress paying more attention to appointing a new supreme court justice when families need healthcare and are struggling? Aren't actual human lives more important than politics? Do politics outweigh the value of my life? Please pass the Coronavirus relief bill to help us out. Sincerely, Rain Dee." #DoYourJob Black Lives Matter
Letter from Rain, 13, Maine

As the Senate begins Supreme Court confirmation hearings instead of voting on a much needed Coronavirus stimulus package, kids around the country are taking it upon themselves to fight for the help they need and asking Congress to #DoYourJob.

Kids ranging from ages 3-17 are writing to their Senators asking them to #DoYourJob and send relief to families so they can pay rent, put food on the table, and safely attend school. The kids also demand help for people who have lost their jobs, can’t pay bills, and are homeless. Their pleas can be summed up in a heartfelt message from 13-year-old Rain to Senator Susan Collins in Maine: “Aren’t actual human lives more important than politics?”

A selection of letters can be found HERE:
Kids Letters to Congress 

These moving letters are another way that kids — both young and old — around the country are trying to fight for what they believe is right for our country.

Drawing of two kids holding hands by Camilia (10 years) says "Let kids be kids and do your job!"
Drawing from Camilia, 10, California
Letter from Jamonty, 10, North Carolina

“Kids are bearing the brunt of this crisis because their families have been abandoned by the people in power who are supposed to protect them. They are isolated, millions don’t have enough to eat, their schools are struggling, their families can’t pay the rent. So it was no surprise that when we invited them to write, these kids had a LOT to say,” said Justin Ruben, co-founder of ParentsTogether. Now Congress needs to listen to the voices of families and actually do something about the COVID crisis, instead of rushing through a Supreme Court nomination.”

A survey taken last month by ParentsTogether found that more than 70% of kids reported being more sad, scared, or worried since the pandemic began, with clear income disparities. In families making under $50,000 a year, kids were twice as likely to say they felt sad, angry, scared or lonely “a lot” in the past week compared to kids living in households making more than $100,000 per year. Kids who are already scared about their families getting sick reported worrying about losing their homes or whether their parents would be able to pay their bills on time.

Abstract painting by Joi (3 years). She says, "Help people government!"
Drawing from Joi, 3, New York
Letter by Oreanna (10 years): From the home of the Sweets, 5th of October 2020, Dear Senator Mitch McConnel, Hope you're doing well a few things I think would help people through the pandemic are, money for familys who can't go to work. Second, Asistance for familys who need it. Third, Money for people who can't pay bills. And finally, food for people with little of it. with Love, Oreanna xoxo.
Letter from Oreanna, 10, Georgia

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