Schoolgirl Collects 1,100 Easter Eggs To Donate To Sick Children
In an amazing act of kindness, a selfless schoolgirl has collected more than 1,000 chocolate Easter eggs to donate to poorly children.
Pictures show nine-year-old Jasmine Parker, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, surrounded by more than 650 of the eggs she's collected over three years.
Each Easter, kind-hearted Jasmine personally distributes them to children who are her age or younger at two hospitals and a children's hospice across the city.
Her proud mum Maggie Johnston, 32, says she has very little involvement as her role is simply to help load the car and to chauffeur Jasmine between the hospices and hospitals.
Baker and mum-of-one Maggie said: "Jasmine has always been kind hearted, 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."
She continued: "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.
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"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."
Jasmine upped her appeal this year by reaching out via a local radio to people to donate eggs for The Royal Victoria Children's Hospital, Ulster Hospital and a local children's hospice.
Incredible photographs show Jasmine surrounded by ceiling to floor stacked boxes of Easter eggs at the home she shares with her mum and Maggie's partner Jay Parker, 31.
Jasmine's mum 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."
Incredible work, Jasmine!
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