Sulphur Springs Middle School students have taken to heart Rachel’s Challenge, presented to their campus in the fall semester. Earlier, they sold bracelets to raise funds to help a local student battling cancer, launched a community-wide book drive to benefit a prison ministry, and
collected more than 300 toys to benefit children in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Emma Boyett has joined the charge, initiating a Jeans for Teens drive at SSMS. The eighth grader was so “touched by Rachel's story in the fall when the SSMS students were presented with Rachel's Challenge” that she felt compelled to act when she learned about a jeans drive to benefit homeless shelters. Boyett knew, when her mom came across an email about Jeans for Teens, this was her way to pay it forward and start her own chain reaction.
Jeans for Teens is a blue jean drive through Aeropostale and DoSomething.org to collect jeans and donate them to homeless shelters. It notes that “one in three people in homeless shelters are under the age of 18. They are in desperate need of jeans of all sizes. Jeans are a way for these teens to feel normal in an abnormal situation.”
Moved by these staggering numbers, Boyett wanted to help. So, the idea was mentioned, and SSMS Student Council has joined her in hosting the drive. The students are asking classmates to clean out their closets and bring those jeans that are too tight, too short, don't fit, out of style or that they just don't want any longer to school and drop them off in the collection box at SSMS through Feb. 8.
And, the drive isn’t limited to SSMS students. Anyone can donate to the project by donating jeans of all sizes in a collection box through the Feb. 8 deadline. Guaranty Bond Bank and Sulphur Springs Public Library have already committed to help with the SSMS Jeans for Teens drive by agreeing to host drop off boxes at their facilities. Jeans donations may also be made at SSMS.
“Please bring your gently used jeans to help those in need,” urgest Boyett, who has set a goal of 200 pairs of jeans.
During the first two days of the drive last week, SSMS collected 34 pairs of jeans, and there were several more pairs in the box this week to add to that number.
As if helping other kids in needs or getting rid of old jeans isn’t enough incentive to donate, the school that collects the most jeans in the Jeans For Teens national drive will win $10,000, a pizza party and hoodies for the entire school.
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