Milton-Freewater teen collecting school supplies for students

<p>Morgen Brown</p>

Morgen Brown

Dozens of students in Milton-Freewater will be more equipped for their first day of school thanks to a teenager who is spending her summer helping others.

Morgen Brown is collecting backpacks and school supplies for students and families who can't afford to buy them.

The teenager says she got the idea to do this when she was bored one day during the summer.

Instead of relaxing at home or going to the movies with her friends this summer, Morgen Brown has been doing all she can to help less-fortunate students.

"I just always liked helping people" said Morgen.

The 16-year-old girl from Milton-Freewater started a program called "Fill a Backpack, Make a Smile".

She's collecting basic school supplies, and then giving them to students who can't afford them.

Morgen created a Facebook page to spread the word, and pretty soon after that, the program exploded with community support.

"I originally just wanted 25 backpacks, but it just grew so much more than I thought it would, and so now we have 81 kids signed up" said Morgen.

Community members have been dropping off dozens of backpacks, reams of paper, notebooks, glue sticks, calculators, markers and more.

Morgen also held fundraisers so she could buy supplies herself.

And there aren't just school supplies going into the backpacks, students will also get a coupon for a free haircut, and, "the elementary kids will get a new first day of school t-shirt, and we've paid the high school and middle school fees" said Morgen.

Morgen's entire family is helping her with the project.

Her mom Carrie, says she knows exactly how expensive it can be to buy school supplies each year, especially for multiple children.

"This is huge. This is a huge amount of money that these parents are not going to have to pay. And a lot of kids get sent to school without anything because they just can't afford it" said Carrie Brown.

Morgen says she isn't doing this for any type of recognition.

She's just a teenager who got bored one summer day, and decided to make a difference.

"It's awesome. I never thought it would get this big and it's gotten way bigger than I thought" said Morgen.

Morgen will be distributing the backpacks to students on Saturday.

She says after that, the project isn't over.

She plans to work on getting the program to become a non-profit organization.