A NINE-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl from Belfast has donated over 1,000 chocolate Easter eggs to poorly kids in the last three years.
Jasmine Parker – aka Belfast’s very own Easter bunny – distributes the eggs to kids at two hospitals and one children’s hospice within the city.
Three years ago, the kind-hearted youngster asked her mum whether the Easter bunny visits children in hospital.
When Jasmine’s mum, 32-year-old Maggie said no, the schoolgirl came up with a genius idea.
“I said ‘no’ and she came up with this brilliant idea that made me gleam with pride, she is naturally so caring,” explained Maggie.
“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.”
Jasmine has now donated a whopping 1,100 eggs and this year, decided to take her appeal to another level by reaching out to people via a local radio station.
Maggie and partner Jay Parker, 31, now have a living room filled ceiling to floor with box upon box of Easter eggs all ready to be donated to The Royal Victoria Children’s Hospital, Ulster Hospital and a local children’s hospice.
“It is incredible to see how people come together and donate Easter eggs,” Maggie added.
“All I do is write a Facebook appeal on Jasmine’s behalf which gets shared and I organise a collect point for the donations.
“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 such 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.”