Denim donations


Amanda Lira

From Jan. 28 to Feb. 8, students and staff members of Downey High donate jeans to help aid homeless teens in America. Their goal was to beat last year’s record of collecting 2,055 jeans.

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

Jeans for Teens, headed up by the Do Something organization, has come to Downey High and captured the attention of students around campus for the second year in a row.

Jeans for Teens, sponsored by Aeropostale, collects jeans from students who are willing to give away old or unused jeans to give to homeless teenagers. The organization pays attention to the approximate 1.7 million homeless teens in the U.S.

Alexiz Hernandez, 10, from the Do Something club admires not only what Jeans for Teens does, but also what it stands for.

“I think it’s going to be very helpful,” Hernandez said. “I once saw a group of homeless people who were shivering because they didn’t have the appropriate clothing.”

Classes around school have put up flyers that have caught students’ eyes around campus. Many people have been bringing multiple jeans to donate, either because they believe in the cause or because they simply had extra pairs to give away.

Nichole Rosales, 10, wanted to help out as soon as she heard about Jeans for Teens.

“I have extra pairs of jeans that I don’t wear,” Rosales said, “and if someone else is need of them I don’t mind giving them away.

The club was only started this year but Jeans for Teens was established at Downey High by ASB last year. Do Something club, started this year by junior Marjan Abubo, took over leadership of Jeans for Teens.

Marjan Abubo wanted other teens to know about how their peers are affected in today’s society and what they can do to help. He and Do Something club spent time going around to classes and making others aware of what Jeans for Teens does.

“I feel like the student body isn’t exposed enough to the news,” Abubo said. “Young adults are affected by what’s going on today in the world and others should know that.”

With the amount of teens in unhealthy or unsafe situations in the U.S., Jeans for Teens does all it can do to make their lives easier. The donating has been consistent with almost  500 pairs of jeans being brought in and more are to be brought in throughout the two weeks that Jeans for Teens will last.