North Belfast girl, 6, buys Christmas presents for sick children with her year’s spending money

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A six-year-old girl bought Christmas gifts to bring smiles to the children at the Children’s Hospice in Northern Ireland.

Alyssa McManus Meaney, from North Belfast, saved her weekly pocket money all year round, as well as cash prizes won at Irish dance competitions over the years.

Her mother Sammijo said that after saving all year, she came home from school on Monday afternoon saying she wanted to spend it on others instead of herself.

The toys were delivered to the Northern Ireland children’s hospice in Newtownabbey on Tuesday afternoon.

The mother-of-one told Be: “She came home from school and said, ‘Mom, I was sitting at school today and I was thinking … instead of going out and to spend my money on my own that I saved up, can I go spend it on the sick children and give them something for Christmas?

“I wanted to cry. I’m completely proud and over the moon with her. She’s so outgoing, she would give anything to anyone, she would help anyone.

“She’s just a really good kid, you never care about her. Because hanging out with that, at this age, it shows.”



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Alyssa has spent £ 140 on toys for boys and girls, including helicopters, cars, unicorns, tea sets, doctor’s sets, selection boxes and Milky Bar buttons.

“I took her last night and she chose everything herself,” Sammijo said.

“[It’s good for children] know that there are children who do not receive as much.

“Obviously with Alyssa being an only child she would get a lot, but just to see her you know having this thought that other kids are sick and others are not getting anything it’s really good and nice to know .

“It’s nice to know that they’re going to have a little something, even though she’s so young.

“I just hope it makes them smile, just with what they’re going through. It’s hard to see,” Sammijo added.

Grace Stewart, Children’s Services Officer at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, said: “This is an absolutely wonderful gift from Alyssa and the fact that she has saved up all year makes it so. even more special.

“Our Little Stars Christmas campaign is underway right now and I think Alyssa is definitely a Little Star for Children’s Hospice, everyone is very touched by her kindness.

“It continues to be a very difficult time for us to fundraise for our care services, so I would ask if anyone can show their kindness and donate to our Little Stars campaign, nihospice.org/littlestars, we would be so grateful this Christmas.

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