Birthday girl, 8, donates presents
It's not often a birthday girl's wish is to not get any presents.
But Palmerston North girl Lucy-Boo Pearn surprised her parents and staff at the Palmerston North Hospital when she decided to gift all of her birthday presents to the children's ward this year.
Lucy-Boo, who turned 8 last month, said it made her feel really happy to help cheer up sick children at the hospital.
"I did it because when mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday I said nothing so I just decided to give them away," Lucy-Boo said.
Lucy-Boo's father Jason Pearn said he couldn't be more proud of his daughter, who attends St James Catholic School.
"She completely came up out of the blue with it. She couldn't think what she wanted for her birthday, she said 'I've got everything I need, I'm grateful for everything I have, I want to donate them'," he said.
Before Lucy-Boo's birthday party she told all of her guests that she would be giving the gifts to the children's ward, prompting some guests to bring two or three presents.
"She is really, really caring. She's the kind of girl who would give you the last sandwich in her lunchbox, she always has been," Pearn said.
Children's ward charge nurse Tracy Stone said the ward often received donations but this was the first time a child had gifted all of their birthday presents.
"It's outstanding for someone to selflessly think of other children like that," she said.
Stone said the gifts would be used to cheer up sick children if they had a birthday in the ward or when they were having a particularly tough time.
The Manawatu Standard