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‘Teens for Jeans’ drive at IHS starts Monday

Ironton High School senior Mia Wilson was simply surfing the Internet when something piqued her interest.

“I thought it was a good idea,” she said. “I’ll try to get it done.”

What “it” actually was is a collaborative program by clothing retailer Aeropostale, teen social organization dosomething.org and female pop vocal group Fifth Harmony called “Teens for Jeans.”

Benefiting local homeless people, Teens for Jeans is a national program now in its seventh year. Statistics show one in every three homeless teens are under the age of 18 and jeans are one of their most requested items.

“Any size and brand of gently worn jeans can be donated beginning Monday at the high school,” Wilson said. “After the drive is over the jeans are given to Aeropostale and then distributed to area homeless shelters.”

More than 3.5 million pairs of jeans have been collected since the program began six years ago. Donations can be dropped off at Ironton High School from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning this Monday.

The event will conclude Friday, Feb. 14, after the home basketball game. Wilson will have a booth set up to take donations at the game, pending approval by Ironton’s athletic director.

Anyone wanting to donate jeans after Feb. 14 can do so at any Aeropostale retail location. The school that receives the most donations will be awarded a $10,000 grant. Jeans donated after Friday, Feb. 14, will not be counted toward IHS’s total.

Businesses or individuals interested in being a drop-off location can contact IHS by calling 740-532-3911.