Deidre Gilley starts Teens for Jeans
By Cindy Taylor
Paying college tuition is tough. Even when you are awarded a scholarship you still have expenses.
Powell High School senior Deidre Gilley is hoping to offset some of that additional cost with a unique plan. She has been collecting gently used jeans that she will turn in to a local Aéropostale for its Teens for Jeans and DoSomething.org program. From there the jeans will go to help the homeless.
“I was looking online for a way to earn money or find scholarships for college,” said Gilley. “My name will be entered into a drawing for a scholarship, but what I really hope is that what I’m doing will help other people.”
Gilley said her chances of winning the scholarship are extremely slim. Her main reason for collecting the jeans was a result of her research which revealed that one of three homeless people is under the age of 18. Once she found that statistic she knew she had to jump in and help. Gilley set a goal to collect 250 pair of jeans and so far has collected more than 100.