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Jeans For Teens: 3 days remain; 1,578 pairs of jeans still needed

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With less than four full days left before the Feb. 22 deadline, Emma Boyett and friends are asking the community to dig deep into their closets for unused jeans in hope of meeting her goal to help less fortunate youth.

 

Boyett is still 1,578 pairs of jeans shy of her 2,500 pairs goal to benefit youth in shelters through Aéropostale and DoSomething.org’s annual Teens for Jeans Drive.

The eighth grader, who was touched by Rachel's story when the SSMS students were presented with Rachel's Challenge in the fall, felt compelled to act when she learned of the jeans drive to help the one in three people in homeless shelters under the age of 18. Jeans are often in short supply at shelters. Emma knew she wanted to be part of the movement to help “these teens to feel normal in an abnormal situation.”

With help from other students and the community, the local Jeans for Teens drive sponsored by Boyett and Sulphur Springs Middle School Student Council in just over a week netted 625 pairs of jeans. (That includes 117 pairs Sulphur Springs Elementary donated after only two days’ collections.) That’s double Emma’s goal. In fact, it took two vehicles to get them all to Aéropostale in Firewheel, but Emma did it.

When the national jeans drive was extended, Boyett met the challenge of Aéropostale employees to do more and aim high. She extended her local drive and set a upon hearing the drive had been extended, got on board to help Boyett meet her goal to provide jeans to youth in shelters, so that young people in the “abnormal” situation of having to stay in shelters instead of having a home to return to each day can feel a bit more “normal” wearing jeans like other kids.

Boyett and three of her friends collected 160 pairs of jeans during a two-hour drive on the square Sunday thanks to the generosity of area residents.

“One lady dropped off almost 100 pairs, she said that she was going to have a garage sale, but read the article and believed that this was for a better cause,” Jeanine Boyett, Emma’s mother said.

Through Monday evening, the local Jeans For Teen tally was 922 — still 1,578 pairs of jeans short of her goal.

To meet her goal, Boyett is going to need a lot of help. To donate, simply visit one of the sites between now and Feb. 22 and donate pairs of jeans. All sizes and fashions of slightly used, good condition jeans accepted.

Drop Sites

  • Sulphur Springs Middle School
  • ECLC
  • Bowie Primary School
  • Lamar Primary School
  • Travis Primary School
  • Douglas Intermediate School
  • PJC-Sulphur Springs campus
  • Echo Publishing Co.
  • Guaranty Bond Bank
  • Alliance Bank
  • Sulphur Springs Public Library
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Grocery Supply Co.
  • Sulphur Springs Police Department 

Anyone interested in hosting a drop box for the local Jeans for Teens is welcome to do so. Just be sure to contact Emma’s mom, Jeanine Boyett, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Friday.

 

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