‘Teens for Jeans’: Elyria student rounding up jeans for a great cause

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ELYRIA, Ohio – Abbey Ramirez has been doing a lot of folding lately. She’s collecting jeans for “Teens for Jeans.”

"I have to collect as many gently-used jeans as possible and whoever wins, gets a $10,000 scholarship and your school gets a $5,000 dollar grant,” said Ramirez.

She found out about the contest while doing some research online.

So here’s how it works: She has to round up as many pairs of jeans as possible and turn them in to Aeropostale by February 15.

They’ll sort through them and then distribute them to homeless shelters around the country.

"I have 205 and many more coming,” said Ramirez, surrounded by a mountain of denim.

She’s a senior at Elyria High School right now and is pretty involved there. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and a soccer player.

"I'm going to Cleveland State to play soccer so hopefully that money can go towards my schooling there and help me out a lot,” she said.

Last year’s winner had more than 3,000 pairs. Ramirez hopes to beat that. Her goal is 5,000.

She said the donations keep pouring in from family, friends and fellow students.

If she doesn’t win, she said that’s okay because the jeans are still going towards a good cause.

"I just want to be able to give back to my community before I leave and hopefully it works out,” she said.

If you would like to donate, click here to send an email.

Also, people are asked to bring gently-used jeans to the basketball game at Elyria High School at 7 p.m. Friday night. An anonymous donor will give the person who brings the most jeans $50 cash.

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