WESTFIELD, NJ — Led by Westfield High School teacher Jane D'Alessandro, students in the WHS service groups Kids on the Block and The Optimist Club are collecting jeans for homeless teens and others residing in local shelters with a project called Teens for Jeans through dosomething.org. So far this year, they have collected more than 125 pairs.

Jeans are the most requested item by homeless people, D'Alessandro said.

“They can be worn more than once before washing and they can provide a feeling of normalcy,” she explained.

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Other types of pants are welcome, too, she added.

Last year, students D'Alessandro and her students collected more than 1,300 pairs.

“We had every color, style and size,” D’Alessandro said. “This year's goal: 4,000 for our community.”

Collection will continue through Jan. 31 in the lobby of Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Road.