- “Sesame Street” is re-introducing a seven-year-old Muppet who will be experiencing homelessness for the first time.
- The Muppet, named Lily, first made an appearance on the show in 2011 when she dealt with food insecurity.
- Now she will be staying at a friend’s home on Sesame Street after her family lost their own home.
The homelessness story will be the first of its kind in the show’s 49-year run.
“Sesame Street” is having one of its Muppets experience homelessness for the first time, in hopes of relating to the growing number of young children who don’t have a home to call their own.
Lily, a seven-year-old pink Muppet with multi-coloured braids, was introduced to the show in 2011 as a character who was worried about her family not having enough food to eat.
She is being re-introduced to the show as her family stays with friends on Sesame Street after they lose their own home.
Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organisation behind “Sesame Street,” announced Lily’s new role on Wednesday.
The organisation said in a statement that Lily’s role would “offer help and hope to the growing number of young children across the United States who are experiencing homelessness,” and “help mitigate the impact of the trauma and stigma that result from homelessness.”
The homelessness story will be the first of its kind in the children’s show’s 49-year run.
Some fans noted that Oscar the Grouch lives in a trash can, but the decision for the garbage bin to be his home appears to be his choice.
The storyline is part of the “Sesame Street in Communities” program, which aims to educate children about critical issues, including school readiness, healthy eating, and divorce, according Sesame Workshop.
While Lily’s experience of homelessness won’t appear in televised episodes of the show, her character’s story will be explored in online videos and materials as part of the initiative.
“The goal is really to give service providers, parents, [and] teachers tools in order to address homelessness with children, in order to talk about it and raise awareness of the issue from a child’s perspective, and also to help children experiencing homelessness feel less alone,” Sherrie Westin, president of global impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, told CNN.
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