Did you know that 1 in 3 homeless people in the United States are under the age of 18? This equates to over 1.7 million teens that are homeless in America. Teens for Jeans wants schools across the nation to give back to the community. This next week Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is taking action at Holliston High School.
Mr. Bill Wechsler, the advisor for SADD, says “Teens for Jeans came around because I
had been looking around for a community service project for SADD. While I was looking at dosomething.org I came across this campaign, and I thought it would be the perfect thing to do as it is helping teens and doesn’t require a lot to participate.”
The thought of being homeless probably seems a bit far off for most. However, homelessness is a problem much more prevalent than you would expect. Homeless teens are also considered homeless if they do not live with their parents. Some run away, meaning they might just have the shirt on their back and close to nothing else at all. Imagine, living without a home, and just simply wanting a pair of blue jeans to lead a more normal life.
Most people probably have a closet full of jeans that aren’t being put to use at all. Students can bring old jeans to school the week of Monday, January 28th through Friday, February
1st and drop them off in the bin in the main lobby. Jeans that have been gently worn and in reasonably good condition will be accepted. Any size, any style will do (nothing with too many rips or tears, please).
This is a simple request, something everyone can fulfill. No one is asking for you to donate every last pair of jeans that you own, but to just help out a person who may not have been able to have a pair. So, this week, if you find you’re not using that too small pair of jeans in the back of your closet, bring them into school. The feeling of giving them to someone who doesn’t have a lot is priceless.