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Hunger to help
by Bill Clough
Jun 13, 2013 | 1167 views | 3 3 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nine-year-old Morgan Duffey pushes a grocery cart into the Vineyard. She gathered the food door-to-door in her neighborhood simply because she wanted to help those in need.
Nine-year-old Morgan Duffey pushes a grocery cart into the Vineyard. She gathered the food door-to-door in her neighborhood simply because she wanted to help those in need.
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Beeville Vinyard Pantry Director Aurora Ramirez unloads a grocery cart-full of food gathered door-to-door by nine-year-old Morgan Duffey.
Beeville Vinyard Pantry Director Aurora Ramirez unloads a grocery cart-full of food gathered door-to-door by nine-year-old Morgan Duffey.
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BEEVILLE — While many other third-graders worry about their cellphones and video games, Morgan Duffey decided to do something about hunger.

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.

Well, almost.

“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?

“TOMORROW!”

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.





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anonymous
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June 13, 2013
Wow!!! Way to go!!!
anonymous
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June 13, 2013
What a darling heart
anonymous
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June 13, 2013
Awsome!!!!