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

All Jonah Simons said he wanted was a coronavirus cure to save the world.

It was last year. Jonah’s letter was collected as part of the US Postal Service’s Operation Santa program and published on CNN. It was one of many cases that highlighted the effects of the pandemic on children across the country.

This holiday season, a 10-year-old boy from Florida is back with another request for Santa.

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

His mother, Dow Simons, says that Jonah writes his letters to Santa on his own, without the help of his parents.

With a relentless virus and the threats of the Omicron variant still haunting the weary nation, Jonah has big plans for the Santa suit.

“I want to wear it and walk around the neighborhood and spread the joy of Santa, ask people what they want for Christmas,” the fifth grader told CNN.

Jonah Simons' letter to Santa Claus last year.

Jonah’s mother says she’s not sure her son still believes in Santa Claus.

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

“I think that writing this letter, even if he did not believe in Santa, was an opportunity for him to control the problem (pandemic) to some extent. It was his way of conveying his feelings and expressing what he wanted to happen. .”

Helping others is nothing new to Jonah.

Jonah has been bringing joy to the people of Parkland for many years.

Growing up in Parkland, where 17 people died at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, affected Jonah and other local children, his mother said.

“What happened here had a strong impact on the children here. He was in high school and his school was closed that day,” she says. “I think, like Jonah, you have civic minded kids here who want to make a difference… When he sees the impact of his help on others, he wants to do more to help.”

Jonah turned 10 in July, and in lieu of gifts, he asked his family and friends to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His birthday efforts have raised $1,000 in donations from family and friends around the world — even from his favorite employees at the local Publix store, his mother says.

Jonah Simons holds up a photo of her long hair before donating it to charity in honor of her 10th birthday this year.
He also celebrated his birthday by donating his hair locks of love, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer or other illnesses. During a year of isolation, he teamed up with friends and grew his hair to nine inches.

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

Jonah’s good deeds are not limited to birthdays. He works to help his community throughout the year, including donating and sorting food for the homeless with Feeding South Florida and wrapping holiday gifts for kids.

Dow Simons says her son’s philanthropy starts close to his grandparents, who are in their 90s and live nearby. According to her, Jonah takes out their garbage every week, opens the car doors for them and helps them with walkers up the elevator.

Jonah with her grandparents, Nancy and Jay Simons.

He is a future doctor whose medicine is love.

Jonah has long found ways to spread happiness. At the age of 3, he began disguising himself as a doctor to visit sick loved ones.

“From childhood, he always dreamed of medical clothes,” says his father, Joe Simons. “He dressed like a doctor because his medicine was love. He visited family members in the hospital, checked their vitals, talked to the nurses and prescribed them a special medicine: love.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, Jonah asked his parents to buy him a “pandemic suit” with personal protective equipment that medical workers wear in the hospital. He told them that he wanted it in case he needed to visit relatives in the hospital and prescribe a cure for love.

Jonah hasn’t needed to do this yet, which is why he mostly wears this outfit at home when he heals his teddy bear.

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

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

John has big plans for his 11th birthday.

Jonah’s inspiration is Heather Khalil, a woman from Parkland. who volunteers a lot in the community and was awarded the Mayor’s Medal for charitable work.

“She really got him to become a civil servant,” says Dow Simons.

Jonah wants to be anything when she grows up. More often than not, he tells people that he wants to be a doctor, a lawyer, or a police officer. But he thinks he can do better as the leader of the free world.

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

Until then, he will continue to help people in his community.

John already has big plans for his 11th birthday next July. He hopes that by then Covid-19 will be a thing of the past and he will be able to go to an overnight camp without a mask.

He also signed up as an ambassador for the homeless. Once again, he plans to use his birthday to raise money for charity. Maybe he’ll even put on a Santa suit.

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