Tuscola teen collects 400 pairs of jeans

By Jessi Stone | Feb 21, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo Chloe Williams, a freshman at Tuscola High School, drops off donated jeans at Aeropostale in Asheville.

Chloe Williams, a freshman at Tuscola High School, collected about 400 pairs of jeans that will be donated to homeless teens in the region.

Williams heard about a nationwide fundraiser to collect jeans through Areopostale and signed Tuscola up to participate in the Teens for Jeans campaign. She had drop off locations at the school, Walmart and The Mountaineer office.

While her goal is to help homeless students, the campaign also meant a chance for Tuscola to win a $10,000 grant if it collected the most jeans.

In addition, $5,000 grants will be given to the top collecting elementary, middle and high schools. Williams will also be entered to win a $4,000 scholarship since she entered the school into the contest. If she wins a scholarship, she said she would put it toward her college education. Her plan is to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the goal of becoming a neonatal nurse.

The campaign is a partnership between Areopostale, DoSomething.org and Fifth Harmony to collect jeans for teens and the high school that collects the most receives the scholarship money. In six years, the campaign has collected more than 3.5 million pairs of jeans.

Williams dropped off her collections Tuesday at Areopostale in Asheville. Her mother, Sabrina Williams, said they brought in the largest collection to the Asheville location.

"They will be contacting the district manager to let him know about her accomplishments in such a short time," Sabrina said.

Chloe Williams only had a couple of weeks to collect the jeans and even that time was hindered by several school snow days.