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Donate jeans and help homeless teens

Linda Miller Modified: April 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013
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Let’s talk about those jeans you no longer wear. The Teens for Jeans campaign wants you to donate them.

Aeropostale, a mall-based retailer, and DoSomething.org, the largest U.S. organization for teens and social change, are once again teaming up for the sixth annual campaign. Teens for Jeans encourages teens to donate their denim. One in three homeless people in the U.S. is younger than 18, and a pair of jeans is the number one item that young people request when they visit a homeless shelter.

The campaign continues through Feb. 10. Just bring in gently worn jeans, any size and brand, to Aeropostale or P.S. from Aeropostale. All donations will be distributed to local youth community shelters. As a thank you, for each pair donated, Aeropostale will give an additional 25 percent off a new pair of jeans, though no purchase is necessary. To jump-start donations, Aeropostale is donating over 10,000 brand new pairs of jeans for the campaign.

Last year, Aeropostale we collected more than 1 million pairs, enough to outfit approximately two thirds of all homeless teens.

In addition to store drop-offs, Aeropostale and DoSomething.org are encouraging schools to take action by running collection drives. The school that collects the most jeans will win a grand prize of $10,000, and Aeropostale school spirit sweatshirts for the whole school.

For more information, go online to teensforjeans.com