Created: 01/30/2014 5:36 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Some teens in Farmington are breaking the mold, and residents are taking notice.
Ethan Hansen and Rudolopho Dominguez are heading up a campaign to collect jeans for homeless teens.
“(People) are shocked 'cause of the stereotype of teenagers not doing anything. They are shocked and amazed that there are teenagers that want to help the community,” Dominguez said.
According to Hansen, “There are 1.3 million homeless teens in America, so that means that there are a lot of homeless teens that don't have any clothes, and the number one requested item is jeans. And we wish to provide this for them.”
This is the second year they're taking on this collection drive; last year they collected about 200 pairs.
“We want to double it, maybe go 600,” Hansen said.
“At least,” said Dominguez. “We are hoping for a lot more than that. And we just hope that people will come in and bring in as many jeans as they can.”
All because these two want to give back to their community.
“It’s always something I like to do. It's a great feeling, giving. It's a lot better to give than to get, so we are just helping out the community, helping out people who really need it,” said Dominguez.
The pair have received a lot of compliments.
“Others are like, 'I wish there was something more I could do', I just tell them, if you really wanted to you can, and just help out others,” said Dominguez.
They will be collecting new and gently used pairs of jeans in any size or color until February 14.
Teens for Jeans is a nationwide campaign, collecting more than 3.5 million jeans in six years.