From left, front, Briana Avant, Emily Norris and Jessy Parsons; and, back row, Haley McCune, Yogi Smith, Hannah Geer, Tina Krause and Jennifer Grubb have bags of jeans bundled to donate. Photos by Jeff Eason
Thursday, February 21, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-02-21 10:29:20)
 
Author: Jeff Eason
Source: The Blowing Rocket

What’s better than a new pair of jeans? A pair that has a little wear on them.

Aeropostale, a clothing store in Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway in Blowing Rock, helped collect 544 pairs of slightly worn jeans as part of the chain’s national Jeans for Teens campaign.

The jeans will go to children at the Hospitality House in Boone and those participating in Western Youth Network programs.

“This is the second year that we’ve been part of the campaign,” said Aeropostale manager Yogi Smith. “Last year, we collected 68 pairs, so I was just astounded when we got more than 500 pairs this year.”

According to Smith, a lot of the credit goes to Ann Avery of Cranberry Middle School, who organized a jean drive there. She rustled up more than 300 pairs and drove them to Blowing Rock.

“The Watauga High School lacrosse team also donated more than 100 pairs of jeans,” Smith said.

He added that Aeropostale employee Briana Avant took charge of the drive and “basically went door to door looking for donations.”

“In July, the Hospitality House is going to sponsor a Back to School Festival,” said Todd Carter, director of development at Hospitality House.

“A lot of these jeans will be part of the back-to-school package that we will hand out to kids who need school supplies,” Carter said.

Carter was joined by Western Youth Network director Jennifer Grubb and Hospitality House director of services Tina Krause at Aeropostale on Feb. 14 to pick up the jeans.

Aeropostale employees Avant, Smith, Haley McCune, Emily Norris, Hannah Geer and Jessy Parsons helped load up the jeans.

This is the sixth year that Aeropostale has held its national Jeans for Teens campaign.

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