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Help for Homeless: More donations needed before Feb. 14 Teens for Jeans deadline

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Emma Boyett last year initiated a local Teens for Jeans movement that spread from school to school, then throughout the community. The month-long effort was so successful last year, that the Boyett set a very high goal this year of 2,500 pairs of jeans to donate to teens in shelters so they will feel a bit more “normal.”

In 2013, the  Sulphur Springs community contributed a total of 1,677 pairs of jeans to the national drive. Boyett had so many jeans donated last year, it required several vehicles to get them to the Aéropostale drop-off location. Staff at Aéropostale told Boyett that Sulphur Springs had donated so many, they’d met the needs of one shelter and would be sending the rest to help another shelter.

Donations to the Sulphur Springs Teens for Jeans drive  this year are lagging, however. As of last week, the local effort had netted only 150 pairs of jeans.

With just 11 days left in this year’s drive, Boyett — a Sulphur Springs High School freshman — is putting out another push, again asking people to go through their closets and dressers and donate their extra jeans at one of the participating locations. She’s a bit antsy that not as many needs will be met this year if donations don’t increase, but still very optimistic about the outcome.

“We are still hoping for a grand turnout before the Feb. 14 deadline. This community really pulls together for awesome causes. Emma knows that this is such a cause. We are working on a time for a drop off on the square,” Jeanine Boyett, Emma’s mother said.

Donations of jeans in all sizes and colors can be placed in designated collection boxes at any Sulphur Springs Independent School District campus as well as at Echo Publishing, Tractor Supply, Sulphur Springs Public Library, Guaranty Bond Bank and the Chamber of Commerce.

The “Teens for Jeans: Make a Difference” campaign is hosted this year by Aéropostale, DoSomething.org and Fifth Harmony. Over the last six years it has netted 3.5 million pairs of jeans for teens in homeless shelters. According to dosomething.org, approximately 65,000 young people are homeless on any given night. The jeans help provide homeless teens with jeans to help their lives seem a little more normal by cladding them in typical attire. In 2011 alone, more than 12,000 schools in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico  participated, according to Aéropostale’s corporate foundation (http://theaeroway.com).

 

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