The nine-year-old is going door-to-door in her Capehart Housing Park neighborhood asking for food donations.
This Monday, with the help of her parents, John and Carol, the St. Philip’s third-grader delivered to the Vineyard enough foodstuffs to overflow an H.E.B. grocery cart.
“Poor families are needy,” she says. “They don’t have toys or food or money — they don’t have anything.”
Morgan, pulling a little red wagon, covered a four-block area gathering donations.
“Hello, I’m collecting for the Vineyard,” she told each person who answered the door. “Do you have any boxed food or canned food or paper towels?”
She says she was surprised at the generosity she received.
“Usually, you would think that a wrinkly old man would be nice instead of rude,” she says, remembering one episode.
One of her parents accompanied her on her rounds but stayed on the curb.
“I get surprised at a lot of the stuff that she does,” John admits.
“I’m very proud of her,” Carol says of her only child. “Last Christmas, she said that instead of getting presents, she wanted to send money to the Humane Society.”
The family moved to Beeville from Illinois in February. John drives a vacuum truck, emptying Eagle Ford Shale waste water.
Resting for a moment — but only a moment — Morgan said her efforts are only the beginning. When would she go out again with her wagon and exuberant energy?
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.