Lily, a fuchsia #Muppet
with a mop of hair, green eyelids and a lavender nose, debuted on @sesamestreet
7 years ago. Shy and soft-spoken, she explained to #Elmo
that her family did not have enough to eat. Now, Lily will reappear for the first time, as someone who is homeless. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces #SesameStreet
, realized that the issue — 2.5 million children nationally are homeless — needed attention, said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. In New York City, where Sesame Street is set, one out of every 10 students was homeless during the past school year. On Sesame Street, “homeless” is never uttered because of the stigma surrounding the word; on the show, “H” stands for hope, help, healing and home. @jonahmarkowitz
took this photo of Lily and the puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Ruolph on set in Queens, New York. Visit the link in our profile to see more.