The time of gift giving and holiday cheer is right around the corner, and unfortunately, this season many families are struggling just to get by. About 17 percent of children in the Northwoods live below the poverty level.
These children may go through their day-to-day life without the necessities needed to live a healthy life such as food, shelter and clothes. Rhinelander High School Future Business Leaders of America/Distributive Education Clubs of America would like to help these children out in its latest service activity, Jeans for Teens.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, the group is collecting gently used, wearable jeans and then giving them to kids who need them. Help out FBLA/DECA by donating some of your old jeans starting Monday, Dec. 15 through Jan. 5.
The collection sites to drop off your jean donations are located at Rhinelander High School and the Rhinelander District Library. Look for the big box wrapped in colorful paper and bows. More collection sites will be publicized in the next week or so.
If you have a pair of jeans that have been sitting in your closet since you can’t remember when, a pair that you got last Christmas and never actually liked, or even a pair you just don’t fit into anymore; FBLA/DECA will take them. Donated jeans will go to the local Frederick Place so children and families in our area can feel the love and warmth from their “new” jeans.
Contact Mike Cheslock, community education coordinator for the School District of Rhinelander, at (715) 365-9745 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.