Little Girl, 9, Collects Hundreds Of Easter Eggs For Sick Children
A little girl is helping show the world isn't all bad by collecting more than 650 Easter eggs to hand out to sick children.
Nine-year-old Jasmine Parker, from Belfast, has collected 1,100 in the past three years - all of which she personally distributes to poorly kids.
Little Jasmine visits two hospitals and a children's hospice with her haul of chocolate eggs and gives them to children her age or younger.
Mum Maggie Johnston, 32, said that Jasmine does all the hard work herself, only asking her mum for help chauffeuring her between hospitals and loading up the car.
"Jasmine has always been kind-hearted," Maggie said. "So, I wasn't surprised when she was six and asked me if the Easter bunny visits children who are in hospital and sick.
"I said 'no' and she came up with this brilliant idea that made me gleam with pride, she is naturally so caring.
"I put a post on Facebook and she received 171 eggs from friends and family.
"Ever since, she has been known for being the Belfast hospitals' very own Easter bunny and now she gets a lot more donations every year.
"This year, 50 eggs were donated from Scotland alone and local companies also gave us some - Jasmine was over the moon.
"My living room is now full; we can't even sit down on the sofa, but it is so worth it as the children will be amazed and so thankful.
"Jasmine loves helping other people and you can't wipe the smile off her face when she has given the eggs out on the wards.
"It is incredible to see how people come together and donate Easter eggs. All I do is write a Facebook appeal on Jasmine's behalf which gets shared and I organise a collect point for the donations."
This year, Jasmine decided to crank up her appeal and got local radio involved, to help get even more eggs for Royal Victoria Children's Hospital, Ulster Hospital and a local children's hospice.
In a series of brilliant photographs, Jasmine can be seen surrounded by boxes of eggs as she prepares to hand them out in time for Easter Sunday this weekend.
Maggie added: "Last year, there were 283 donations and my car was a tight squeeze as it was so full.
"This year, we will need to use my partner's car too as they won't all fit in mine!
"Our pride cannot be expressed in words, her enthusiasm to give to others over herself brings a smile to our faces.
"We ask ourselves how did we get so lucky to have a beautifully kind-hearted child.
"Jasmine may have started this but if it wasn't for the generosity of the people of Northern Ireland and further afield it wouldn't have been as such as a success.
"Everyone who donated has helped give a child a smile for Easter which is worth far more than anything else.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their donations and their kind messages of support and here is to a bigger campaign next year."
Nice work, Jasmine.
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