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!’ “
Of course Jessica gets the headline but didn’t even buy the rather cheap Mini-Van. She won the vehicle last year at an awards show. Jess open up your tight wallet and buy the orphanage a fleet of vehicles or upgrades to the building. I can re-wrap gifts I receive and give to other people as well.
Last fall, Simpson won a Chrysler Crossfire sports car at a swag suite at the MTV’s Video Music Awards, but asked Chrysler to exchange it for a minivan so she could help out the orphanage.
A spokesperson for Chrysler confirmed: “Instead of the Chrysler Crossfire, she decided to get a minivan for the orphanage instead. She went for the Chrysler Town & Country.”