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This 10-year-old boy asked Santa for a coronavirus vaccine last year. He has another request this year

All Jonah Simons mentioned he wished was a coronavirus treatment to save lots of the world.

That was last year. Jonah’s letter was collected by the US Postal Service’s Operation Santa program and published on CNN. It was one in every of many that exposed the pandemic’s toll on youngsters across the nation.

This vacation season, the 10-year-old Florida boy is again with a completely different request for Santa.

“Dear Santa, it’s me Jonah. Do you remember me? I was the one who asked for a covid cure,” he wrote in a letter addressed to the North Pole and shared with CNN. “btw, ty so much for the vaccine! You helped save lives. This year, can I please have a Santa costume to spread your joy around the world?”

His mom, Doe Simons, says Jonah composes his Santa letters himself, with out assist from his mother and father.

With a relentless virus and threats of the Omicron variant nonetheless plaguing a weary nation, Jonah has huge plans for the Santa go well with.

“I want to wear it and go around the neighborhood and spread Santa’s joy, ask people what they want for Christmas,” the fifth-grader advised CNN.

Jonah Simons' letter to Santa last year.

Jonah’s mom says she’s not optimistic whether or not her son nonetheless believes in Santa Claus.

“But Jonah has experienced Santa-like moments. For example, last year he sent his Xmas wish out into the universe and it came true to a certain extent,” she says.

“I think writing that letter, even if he didn’t believe in Santa, for him was the ability to exert some control over the problem (of the pandemic). It was his way to communicate his feelings and express what he wished would happen.”

Helping others is nothing new for Jonah

Jonah has been spreading pleasure in his neighborhood of Parkland for years.

Growing up in Parkland, the place a 2018 bloodbath left 17 individuals lifeless at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has had an impact on Jonah and different native youngsters, his mom says.

“What happened here had a lot of impact on children here. He was in middle school, and his school was on lockdown that day,” she says. “I think that like Jonah, you’re getting kids here who are civic minded and want to make a difference … When he sees the impact his help has on others, he wants to do more to help.”

Jonah turned 10 in July, and in lieu of presents he asked his household and pals to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His birthday effort raised $1,000 in donations from household and pals throughout — even his favourite staff on the native Publix retailer, his mom says.

Jonah Simons holds a photo showing his long hair before he donated it to charity for his 10th birthday this year.
He additionally marked his birthday by donating his hair to Locks of Love, the charity that makes wigs for youngsters with most cancers or different medical situations. During a year of lockdown, he teamed up with some pals and grew out his hair to 9 inches.

“It was so long, I got bullied for it,” he says. “Some people called me a girl.”

Jonah’s good deeds will not be restricted to birthdays. He works to assist his neighborhood all year, together with donating and sorting meals for the homeless with the group Feeding South Florida, and packing vacation presents for youngsters.

Doe Simons says her son’s charity begins near residence along with his grandparents, who’re of their 90s and reside close by. Jonah takes out their rubbish each week, holds automotive doorways open for them and helps them with their walkers up the elevator, she says.

Jonah with his grandparents, Nancy and Jay Simons.

He’s a would-be physician whose medication is love

Jonah has lengthy discovered methods to unfold happiness. At age 3 he began dressing up as a physician to go to family members who have been unwell.

“Ever since he was a little kid, he always wanted a doctors’ outfit,” says his father, Joe Simons. “He would dress as a doctor because his medicine was love. He would visit family members at the hospital, check their vitals, talk to the nurses and prescribe a special medicine for them: love.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, Jonah asked his mother and father to purchase him a “pandemic suit” with the private protecting tools that well being care staff put on on the hospital. He advised them he wished one in case he wanted to go to family members on the hospital and prescribe his love medication.

Jonah hasn’t wanted to do this but, so he principally wears the outfit at residence when he is treating his stuffed bear.

“His bear is very well taken care of,” his mom says.

When family members are hospitalized, Jonah Simons dresses up as a doctor to visit them. Then he prescribes a special medicine: love.

Jonah has huge plans for his eleventh birthday

Jonah’s inspiration is Heather Khalil, a Parkland girl who volunteers a lot in the community and has been awarded the Mayor’s Medal of Charitable Service.

“She really turned him on to being a public servant,” Doe Simons says.

Jonah needs to be a lot of issues when he grows up. Most days he tells individuals he needs to be a physician, a lawyer or a police officer. But he thinks he could make a greater distinction because the chief of the free world.

“My best goal is to be a president,” he says. “That way, I can make changes to a lot of things and make decisions that help other people.”

Until then, he’ll proceed serving to individuals in his neighborhood.

Jonah already has huge plans for his eleventh birthday subsequent July. He’s hoping that Covid-19 shall be a factor of the previous by then, so he can go to sleepaway camp with out a masks.

He’s additionally signed as much as be an envoy for the homeless. And as soon as once more he plans to make use of his birthday to boost cash for charity. Maybe he’ll even put on his Santa go well with.

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