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Teens for Jeans
The Teens for Jeans collection drive was another huge success. The event is sponsored by Aeropostale and DoSomething.org and is designed to collect jeans to benefit the local homeless in Union County. Last year, the Piedmont community was the largest collector of jeans in the nation with over 3,000 pairs and earned a pizza party and free T-shirts for all students to reward them for their efforts! Donations of gently used jeans of any size and any brand were collected at Piedmont High School, Piedmont Middle School, Unionville Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School, New Salem Elementary School, Monroe Highway Patrol Station, CMC Union, and Bankerâ€™s Life and Casualty.
Due to the unstable economy, approximately one out of three homeless individuals in the United States are minors who are attempting to live a normal childhood. Sarah Headley, one of the student organizers of the event, stated that â€œThere is a growing number of adolescents suffering from homelessness who want full acceptance from their peers. That is why Teens for Jeans was initiated in the Piedmont area two years ago.â€ It is a used jeans drive that benefits local homeless, run through Aeropostale and DoSomething.org.
The first annual drive raised 714 pairs of jeans between the high school and middle school. Last yearâ€™s efforts included Unionville Elementary and numerous other locations, collecting over 3,000 jeans (the most in the nation); it also received national recognition. Students were rewarded with a pizza party and free t-shirts donated by the sponsors for their overwhelming efforts to help those in need.
Written by: Sarah Headley
Posted: Feb 02, 2011 by Donna Helms