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Jessica Simpson Donates Minivan to Mexican Orphanage

By Chris V. Thangham     Mar 26, 2007 in Entertainment
Jessica Simpson delivers her promise of a minivan in person to an Orphanage in Mexico.
This is an update to an earlier DJ article. Jessica Simpson a month ago announced she will donate the car she won in MTV Music Video Awards to the Casa Hogar Elim Orphanage in Mexico. She later changed the car to a minivan after consulting with Chrysler who were more than happy to replace the Chrysler Crossfire Sports Car to a Chrysler Town & Country Van. On Sunday, Jessica Simpson fulfilled the promise and donated the minivan in person to the orphanage.
The pop star, 26, drew cheers when she drove through the gates of the Casa Hogar Elim orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in a white 2007 Chrysler Town & Country and handed the keys to Mama Lupita, who runs the home.
"The kids were cheering when she pulled up," Simpson's rep tells PEOPLE. "They surrounded the car and were so excited to see her. They kept saying, 'Muchas gracias! Muchas gracias!' A few of them spoke English and said, 'We love you, Jessica!' "
Mama Lupita was very happy to receive the van and also grateful for Jessica's donation and gave her a big hug.
Simpson received a rousing welcome by the orphanage, a mariachi band surprised her, who was sponsored by the kids, who sold jewelery to make this special arrangement. It made Simpson very happy. She was also presented with an engraved plaque with a photo of the kids and a bead of necklace made by the kids.
Simpson was accompanied by her mother Tina, her father and manager Joe Simpson.
It all started when Mama Lupita's van broke down and was having difficulty running the orphanage, so she borrowed an old truck from a friend which broke also. Jessica Simpson heard about her story, then instead of accepting the Sports car as a prized decided to donate it to this orphanage.
The seven-passenger minivan even has a DVD player so the kids can watch their favorite movies when Mama Lupita drives them around.
Well done Jessica, hope she can teach this charitable work to Britney and friends.
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