Red Cross: Twice as many people in Norway applied for free holidays this Easter

Free holidaysPhoto: Trond Reidar Teigen / NTB
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The Red Cross reports a doubling from previous years in applications for holidays for families in poor financial situations. The organization is increasing capacity for the summer.

It has been difficult to arrange infection-friendly Easter activities this year, the Red Cross noted. 

In dialogue with municipal chief physicians all over the country, the organization has set up alternative activities.

Originally, families around the country were supposed to have gone on Easter holidays with volunteers from the Red Cross this year. 

Instead, activity booklets, Easter eggs, puzzles for families, outdoor life packages with hammocks and sleeping pads, toys, and more have been distributed to them.

Increased demand for free holiday activities

“We see a growing group (of people) who need free holiday activities during the school holidays. The needs out there are great, and we notice an enormous increase,” senior adviser Elisabeth Dahl Hansen in the Red Cross noted.

“The goal is to get as much activity as possible as soon as society reopens,” she added.

According to a survey conducted by Opinion on behalf of the Red Cross, every fifth Norwegian has received less money due to the pandemic. 

In the survey, 16% said they are unsure if they could afford an Easter holiday this year.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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