This week, she tripled that and tacked on $189 in donations and three new jackets — thanks to help from her friends Keiryn, 6, and Kailyn Gibson, 4.
The three girls, all students at St. Philip’s Episcopal School, were still excited Monday as they unloaded a truck full of food.
“I just wanted to help,” Morgan said. “Especially the children.
“There are about 200 children in Beeville that are hungry.
“Little Kailyn could be starving. Keiryn could be starving. I could be starving.”
She wanted to help and knew that with some assistance from her friends, she could do more than last time.
For two days these girls were outside of Wal-Mart asking for food donations.
Not everyone could help with canned goods.
Morgan said, “Some people didn’t have food, so they gave money.”
Her mother, Carolyn Duffey, added, “People gave what they could.”
Carolyn said that more than once, people would ask what they needed and come back with the groceries bought and bagged.
Back in June, Morgan collected about a third of the number of groceries she was able to collect this time.
But this year, she had a secret weapon. She had a barrier-crushing smile that would melt hearts.
“She was my little money girl,” Morgan said.
Along with the food, they also collected $189 in donations and three new jackets.
The Gibson sisters were asked to help by Morgan, who was wanting to grow the amount of donations this time.
Their mother, Jessica Gibson, said that she is always trying to encourage them to help others.
“I am very proud of these girls,” she said speaking of the three youngsters.
Equally proud, and even more excited, was Aurora Ramirez, who coordinates food distribution for the Vineyard pantry area.
“This gives me a little more food to give out,” she said. “We do what we can and this helps out a lot.”
Morgan already has her sights set on another project.
Her mother said, “Now she says she wants to start helping animals so she is starting to collect dog treats for Dr. Williams.”
The staff at Williams Veterinary Clinic along with volunteers, take in orphaned, and even injured, animals until good homes can be found for them.
While the clinic helps out how it can, employees are always happy to receive donations to pay for the cost of shots, medicine and food.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.