About 17 percent of children in the Northwoods live below the poverty level.
Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA has launched the annual Jeans for Teens drive from now until January 5 .
The group is collecting gently used jeans and giving them to teens who need them as explained by Abby Krueger, VP of Community Service, for the FBLA/DECA chapter....
"....community members are asked to donate any jeans they have no matter the color, condition or size into one of our eleven collection places around town. We collect them from there and donate them to Frederick Place...."
Frederick Place is the homeless shelter in Rhinelander.
Abby Kreuger says the goal is to help out people in need...
"...the purpose of this is to help community members who might be struggling around Christmastime and to share the true spirit of Christmas. Helping one another and coming together and being together since we are such a small community it's important to have that aspect of togetherness and that is what this project is trying to do...."
The collection sites to drop off your jean donations are located at: Rhinelander High School, James Williams Middle School, Crescent Elementary School, Pelican Elementary School, Northwoods Community Elementary School, Maurice’s, Rhinelander District Library, A La Mode, Bath and Body Creations and Coffee Beans Etc..
Last year 300 pairs of jeans were donated and Krueger says they would like to top that number this year.