‘Teens for Jeans’ campaign making final push

Published 11:11 am Friday, February 14, 2014

Ironton High School senior Mia Wilson’s campaign for collecting jeans for homeless teens ends today and to obtain the most donations as possible a donation booth will be set up at tonight’s IHS basketball games.

“Teens for Jeans” is a project of teen social organization dosomething.org, clothing retailer Aeropostale and female pop vocal group Fifth Harmony.

Benefiting homeless people, Teens for Jeans is a national program and statistics show one in three homeless teens are under the age of 18 and jeans are one of their most requested items.

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The Rock Hill High School National Honor Society collected jeans for Wilson’s cause and this past Friday delivered 65 pair to Wilson at Ironton High.

A door-to-door jeans collection was also scheduled but inclement weather caused that task to be canceled.

“We wanted to get the whole town involved as much as possible,” Wilson said.

Any size and brand of gently worn jeans can be donated at the high school. 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 nationwide since the program began six years ago.

Anyone wanting to donate jeans after today 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 today will not be counted toward IHS’s total.

The freshman, junior varsity and varsity games will be played consecutively and the first game tips at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.teensforjeans.com or text ‘JEANS’ to 38383. To view the public service announcement, please visit tinyurl.com/lq7txn2.