West Palm Beach announces it has partnered with local teen David Mendelsohn, a Dreyfoos School of the Arts senior, to help make that a reality for young people who need it most.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (April 19, 2017)— Over a million young people experience homelessness in the U.S. every year. One item they often request? A pair of jeans. Today, the City of West Palm Beach announces it has partnered with local teen David Mendelsohn, a Dreyfoos School of the Arts senior, to help make that a reality for young people who need it most. The City encourages residents and businesses to support this effort.
Just drop off an old pair of jeans of any size at either of these locations between now and April 28, 2017:
· City Hall (lobby); 401 Clematis Street
· The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach; 401 Clematis Street
Mendelsohn--inspired by Mayor Jeri Muoio’s recent act of pledging West Palm Beach as a City of Kindness--will then donate the jeans to a local shelter. Donors will be providing an essential clothing item for a young person in need. This is the third year that Mendelsohn has collected jeans. He has donated over 1,200 pairs to date.
“We applaud David Mendelsohn for running the ‘Teens for Jeans’ drive and for being a part of the #TeamKindnessWPB movement,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We encourage all residents and businesses to join in making a difference for young people in our community. Everything you do makes a difference.”
Jeans are the perfect item to donate. They can be worn multiple times between washes, can be dressed up or dressed down, and provide a sense of normalcy to the person wearing them.
“Why collect jeans? If you think about your favorite pair, it’s like thinking about an old friend. Jeans always make people feel their best,” said Mendelsohn.
For additional information on how to donate, contact David Mendelsohn at (561)-900-5700.