01 March 2016
Chocolate egg surprise for thousands this Easter
Thousands of people will be surprised with chocolate eggs this Easter as part of the ShareTheMiracle campaign.
Hundreds of groups and individuals are expected to ShareTheMiracle of kindness with neighbours, complete strangers, organisations and charities in their communities.
Gifts will be given out to homeless and elderly people, victims of human trafficking and children in hospital.
"The aim of ShareTheMiracle is very simple - to show kindness and help to release hope across communities, with neighbours, friends and local organisations," says ShareTheMiracle founder Dan Usher.
ShareTheMiracle began in 2013 when Dan Usher decided to buy 100 chocolate eggs from a local supermarket and give them away to people in his community.
In 2014, more than 7,500 free Easter eggs and other gifts were handed out and last year as many as 15,000 people across the UK received gifts.
ShareTheMiracle encourages people to form local groups and gather chocolate eggs, either by buying them or through seeking donations from local companies.
Groups expected to be involved this year include businesses, schools, churches, local councils, voluntary groups and teams of neighbours.
Each egg or gift is accompanied by an Easter invitation card, which can be ordered from the website.
You can find out more about ShareTheMiracle, information to help groups start sharing acts of kindness in their communities, and stories of communities transformed on the ShareTheMiracle website.
Dan Usher says: "I believe Easter is a time of new life and hope, so what better time of year to transform our communities, break down some of the social barriers that keep us apart and start new friendships?
"Relationships are the key to healthy communities and it's down to each one of us to play our part in creating the world we want to live in.
"We're all 'designed for kindness' and although giving out a gift, or an Easter egg – which is a symbol of new life – and extending an invitation to a community or social event, might seem a little thing we believe a simple intentional act of kindness can begin to change our world!"
Volunteers are also invited to record their ShareTheMiracle moments and share them on social media on Twitter @ShareMiracleUK, Facebook and Instagram.
The Meaningful Chocolate company are once again selling the Real Easter Egg made from Fair Trade chocolate, which is a great way to ShareTheMiracle.
You can find out more and buy eggs from their website.