Kids Collect Jeans for Kids Who Are Homeless
“Please bring your gently used jeans to help those in need.”
That’s a message from Emma Boyett, a student at Sulphur Springs Middle School in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Emma and some of her classmates are collecting jeans for kids who are homeless.
It’s part of a national campaign called, “Teens for Jeans.”
From now until February 8th, kids across the country hope to collect jeans by the millions.
A group called “DoSomething.org” launched the “Teens for Jeans” campaign.
It says 1.7 million teenagers in the United States are homeless.
“One in three people in homeless shelters are under the age of 18,” the campaign’s organizers added. “They are in desperate need of jeans of all sizes.”
“A lot of people don’t understand how many homeless people there are – and how much more we have than they do,” said Taylor Fellows, a fifth-grader at Clayton Intermediate School in Clayton, Delaware, in an interview with the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times.
Taylor helped organize a “Teens for Jeans” drive at her school, according to the Sun-Times.
“We thought it was a good idea,” she told Sun-Times reporter Jennifer Dailey.
So did some kids at South Plainfield Middle School in South Plainfield, New Jersey.
This is the second year they’ve taken part in the “Teens for Jeans” campaign, according to Jennifer Engelhart, a reporter for NJ Press Media.
“I got involved because I wanted to help people in need – and those that need jeans,” eighth-grader Natalie Romano told Engelhart.
Last year, the kids at South Plainfield reportedly collected nearly 3,000 pairs of jeans.
This year, they told Engelhart they hope to collect 5,000.
“It (is) important to get involved to help out the homeless people,” South Plainfield seventh-grader Rachel Voelkel said.
Assistant principal Tamekia Grier-DuPiche told Engelhart that the “Teens for Jeans” drive came just at the right time, “after the severe effects Hurricane Sandy left on our families.”
“The jeans collected will be donated to the homeless shelters in our area,” Ms. Grier-DuPiche said.
Kids from other schools are welcome to donate jeans as well.
After all, 1.7 million is a lot of kids.
And those kids need a lot of jeans.
As the “Teens for Jeans” organizers, put it, “Jeans are a way for these teens to feel normal in an abnormal situation.”