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Child of worker hurt in Georgia blast launches 'charming' fundraiser

Morgan Seckinger and her classmates sell donated charms to aid workers injured in the Imperial Sugar refinery blast.

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Days after the deadly explosion at the sugar refinery where her father worked, 9-year-old Morgan Seckinger went back to school – smiling, as usual, with her long blond ponytail bobbing to the bounce in her walk. Her fourth-grade teacher couldn't believe it.

"I said 'Morgan, was your daddy hurt in the explosion?' " said Stacie Ortiz, Morgan's teacher at Ebenezer Elementary School. "And she said 'Yes, ma'am, but they took him to the hospital and he's going to be fine.'"

Paul Seckinger, a single father who has custody of Morgan, was at a burn center in Augusta while Morgan was left in the care of her great-grandparents.

Ms. Ortiz enlisted Morgan for a special project one that would raise money to help her father and other victims of the Feb. 7 explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah.

Morgan jumped at her teacher's idea.

"I feel like I'm doing something to help somebody," Morgan said.

Ortiz had noticed Morgan's shoes, the popular plastic Crocs clogs that are pocked with holes. Morgan had several small charms that plugged into the holes for decoration.


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