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Posted January 24, 2011

With the cold weather finally here, Katy residents are pulling out their coats, sweaters and jeans. Sadly, there are many teens in the community who lack these basic necessities. Kristan Schiele, a junior at Cinco Ranch High School, decided to do something about it.

She has started a jeans drive called “Teens for Jeans” with Cinco Ranch High School Key Club, in association with DoSomething.org and Aeropostale. The campaign calls attention to rising teen homelessness in the U.S. and in Katy by asking teens to collect gently worn jeans for homeless youths. Their goal is to collect 500 pairs of jeans by February 11.

“I was shocked when I learned that one out of three homeless people is under the age of eighteen,” says Schiele. As the cold approaches, giving them an extra layer or two will certainly make them feel warmer. Schiele says she believes that it is an opportunity of a lifetime to help out these teens in need. She is trying to convince fellow teens to donate perfectly wearable jeans to a great cause instead of throwing them away.

If you have any gently used jeans that you know you will no longer wear, bring them to either the main campus or 9th grade campus at Cinco Ranch High School now through February 11 and donate them. Homeless shelters often have a greater need for large sizes, but jeans of all sizes will be happily accepted for this campaign. All of the jeans should be in good condition. The more donations, the more teens we will help keep warm this winter. A little warmth goes a long way, especially when it is from your heart. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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