WESTFIELD, NJ – Bell-bottoms, skinny jeans, baby jeans and everything in between comprise the denim collected by local high school students with the help of an elementary school PTO in Bergen County.
The Westfield High School Green Team, Kids on Block clubs and Park Ridge’s Westridge School PTO recently collected 1,939 pairs of jeans – 1,602 of them from the Westfield students – to donate to area homeless shelters and houses of worship, said Jane D’Alessandro, a Westfield High School teacher, who oversaw the student effort.
It is the third year students from Westfield High School have held the “Jeans For Teens” collection, which nearly doubled its take as compared to last year’s, which netted 1,025 pairs in an effort inspired by the civic action website, doomething.org, said D’ Alessandro, who lives in Park Ridge.
The drive also expanded its scope.
Volunteers collected 1,750 additional articles of clothing, not including the denim, D’Alessandro said.
“People called me and said ‘I have these beautiful clothes I don’t’ just want to put them in a donation bin,’ and they were excited that they could do something special with them,” she said.
To aid the effort the high school’s custodial staff rounded up clothing that had been left behind by students and would have otherwise been discarded, D’Alessandro said.
Donations benefited persons in need served by the Salvation Army of Plainfield and Elizabeth, Oasis in Paterson and several area houses of worship, she said.
“Westfield and Park Ridge residents are so generous in their continued support of this project based on the campaign started by dosomething.org,” D’Alessandro said.
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