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Jeans for Teens

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

When it came time to decide on an eighth grade service project, Eminence middle school student Hayden Hoofman chose one he felt would benefit his peers.

“I was looking on the internet and found the Teens for Jeans project,” he said, “and kind of turned it around into Jeans for Teens.”

Hoofman has since collected 121 pairs of jeans to be distributed by his project mentor, Debbie Hartford, through Eminence’s Family Resource Center.

Hoofman posted flyers at the school, and at Alcan Packaging in Shelbyville where his  parents, Keri and Ron Hoofman, work.

Alcan employees dropped off 14 pairs of jeans in the box  provided.

School and family/friend donations totaled 63, and Henry Christian Church members contributed 44 pairs.

Ron Hoofman said he was pleased with the project outcome. “I think it could be a big help to our community,” he said.

Keri Hoofman said most of the donated jeans were pre-owned.

“We had three jeans that were new with the tags still on them. The rest are used,” she said. “ We had a few that may look too used.  Debbie Hartford will help us decide if they are ‘wear worthy.’”

Hayden Hoofman said working on this project has broadened his outlook.

“It helped me learn how to help people,” he said, “and be thankful for how fortunate we are.”

Hoofman will collect jeans for teens in need until around Christmas time. Collection boxes are located at Eminence Independent Schools, Henry Christian Church and Alcan Packaging.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes also has a school-wide service project underway.

The group has collected items since the start of school for the Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes for Christmas project. Each month students were asked to donate items in a specific category.

The theme for August was hygiene - soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs and washcloths; September’s theme was small toys - Hot Wheels cars,  bouncy balls, pens and pencils, small notebooks, Slinkies, jump ropes, Playdough, cards, yo-yos, stickers, etc.

In October, the group is asking people to bring in any item related to them August and September, as well as gloves, socks and individually wrapped candy.

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