(From The Campus Lantern – February 19, 2015)
Each year, DoSomething.org and Aeropostale stores pair up to put on the Teens for Jeans campaign. The campaign allows schools and individuals across the country to take part in raising awareness of the one million homeless youth that live in the United States. The campaign started when DoSomething.org asked homeless shelters what the most requested item was and the response was jeans.
This year, People Helping People (PHP) member Kirby Madden-Hennessey suggested the campaign as a possible volunteer opportunity. Kirby has participated in this campaign in the past, but was hoping to make an even bigger impact of making a difference in the lives of the homeless youth in Eastern Connecticut.
Madden-Hennessey said, “I brought Teens for Jeans to PHP in hopes of collecting jeans for the homeless. But for me it meant more than just a pair of jeans. It was about making a difference in someone’s life no matter who they are or what their circumstances may be. I think that sometimes we all need that extra push of knowing that there are people out there who care and want everyone to succeed, and I hope that’s what a pair of jeans will do, as silly as that may sound! I honestly would have never imagined in a million years that I, along with PHP, could have collected over 800 pairs of jeans and I am beyond ecstatic and thankful at how successful it was!”
The club set up collection boxes in most of the dorms on campus and collected jeans at one of the men’s and women’s basketball games. PHP also reached out to friends, family members, and businesses such as Plato’s Closet to donate their gently used jeans. The overall response was incredible. In total, 840 pairs of jeans for Teens for Jeans were collected by PHP. The jeans have been dropped off at the Aeropostale store in the Buckland Hills Mall and will be distributed to local homeless shelters this winter.