Did you know that a pair of jeans is one of the first things that homeless teens request when they arrive at a shelter? DOSomething.org, an organization for teens and social change, created “Teens for Jeans” to meet that need.
Jordan Jackson, a member of the DOSomething club, takes a moment to rest on the jeans she helped collect.
Students at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and Salem College recently supported students from East Forsyth Middle School in a drive that led to 1,214 pairs of jeans being collected in the Winston-Salem area. The Sarah L. Douglas-Jackson program, a member of “My Sistas Keeper,” invited WSSU to participate in the project and the Campus Life Marketing Committee took it on.
Jordan Jackson counts the number of jeans that have been donated.
Jeans collected through the drive were distributed to area shelters and programs that serve the homeless. “Thanks to this campaign, we now have plenty of jeans to disperse to teens,” said Dan Parsons, the executive director at the Rescue Mission.
Chelii Brousard, coordinator of Campus Life and advisor, said she was glad that WSSU was able to help make the campaign a success.
Nationally, more than 12,000 high schools and 125,000 students participated in the campaign sponsored by DOSomething.org and Aéropostle. Those students collected more than one million pairs of jeans that were donated to shelters for homeless teens in the U.S. and Canada.
The project was supported locally by the Winston-Salem Jaycees, Rainbows Total Body Concepts, MSK, Inc., Felecia Bennet-Giles and 97.1 FM WQMG’s Renee Vaughn.