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Simpson wanted an orphan for her 17th birthday

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Washington (ANI): It seems singer-actress Jessica Simpson's philanthropic interests have come from her roots.

The 27-year-old, who works with the Casa Hogar Elim orphanage in Mexico, revealed that she first visited the orphanage as a child with her dad.

"My father was a minister, so growing up, we'd go on a missionary trip every summer, New York Daily quoted Simpson, as saying.

The pop star who donated a new Chrysler minivan to the orphanage in March this year revealed, that the first time she saw the deprived kids she made up her mind to adopt them.

"The first time I went to that orphanage, I was 16. I remember holding this baby who was found in a dumpster. I wanted to adopt him right then and there. I was like, 'Dad, can I have him for my birthday, please?'" she said.

Simpson had won a Chrysler Crossfire sports car at the 2006 MTV awards, but exchanged the 50,000-dollar luxury car for a minivan so she could help the orphanage.

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