Once upon a time, famous actors and authors united during a pandemic to ease children's anxieties through storytelling.
Amy Adams, Josh Gad, Jennifer Garner and more stars are lending their voices to Operation Storytime and Save With Stories, initiatives aimed at lifting kids' – and parents' – spirits amid Covid-19 coronavirus-induced uncertainty.
Here's how it works: Participants post social media videos of themselves reading various children's books aloud to entertain self-quarantined families whose children are no longer in school because of public health concerns.
"In case your day calls for a calming story," Garner captioned her Instagram post, for which she recited Jan Brett's winter wonderland tale, The Mitten, accompanied by her kid-friendly golden retriever.
Gad – who is accustomed to amusing kids as the voice of Olaf the snowman in Frozen – opted to read Shel Silverstein's classic The Giving Tree and offered some support to families who have committed to social distancing.
"I also want to thank everyone who is in self-isolation right now. I know it's hard not to be out there socialising with everybody. Trust me, I want to be out there, too," the Book Of Mormon alum said. "But it's important that all of us protect everybody who is somewhat fragile right now, or immunocompromised, so thank you. And now I'm going to read a book that I have a lot of trouble getting through and haven't actually read in a long time because I find it a difficult one."
In addition to partnering with parenting blog Romper for Operation Storytime, Garner also collaborated with Adams for Save With Stories, a reading initiative started by non-profit organisations Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Similar to Operation Storytime, Save With Stories features Adams reciting Aviana Olea Le Gallo's The Dinosaur Princess to her daughter and Garner reading Ken Geist's The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark.
"We are galvanising as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength's NO KID HUNGRY," Adams wrote on Instagram. "THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard."
Both actresses also encouraged their fans to donate to Save the Children and No Kid Hungry in order to serve kids "affected by COVID-19," who are experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic.
"All you have to do is watch our stories and please consider donating," Adams said in a joint video with Garner. – Los Angeles Times/Tribune News Service
I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time. My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic). THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. #SAVEWITHSTORIES
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