In mid-April, I read about a jean project in a National Geographic Magazine. I?started collecting jeans, trying to set a Guiness World Record for the number of clothes to recycle. 500 pairs of jeans insulate one house. The insulation is used for houses that were destroyed by natural disasters. I, along with many others across the world, were trying to help. Over all, they collected 33,088 pairs of jeans. That is enough to insulate 58 homes.
All together you and many others from this area helped me to collect 864 pairs of jeans. Also, Sinclairville Elementary collected over 400 pairs of jeans. With those two totals added together, Chautauqua County donated enough denim to insulate just over two houses!
Now that I’m done, I?look back and think about all of the people and companies I would like to thank. First, I would like to thank my family for all of their help and support. I would like to thank Quality Markets, Lake Shore Bank, Patterson Library and Westfield Academy and Central School for letting me put drop-off boxes in their buildings. I would like to thank Mrs. Hite for letting me put up posters in the school and letting others know what we were doing. I would like to thank Kevin O’Neil from Channel 2 for taking the time to interview me. I would like to give a big thank you to Mark Haase. Out of the 864 pairs, he was able to take 586 pairs to their final destination in Washington D.C. I would like to give another big thank-you to Growers. They generously let us use a big box and pallet to ship the last 274 pairs. I would also like to thank them for covering the shipping fees for the last 274 pairs. Steve Cockram and Dave Momberger from Growers were very helpful throughout the process.
Last, but definitely not least, I would like to thank everyone for donating all of their old jeans. Your help was greatly appreciated! I thought it was amazing how supportive the community was and how everyone could be involved. Thanks, again, for all of your help!
Overall, I would like to say that this was one of the most fun things I have been able to do. I learned a lot from this experience and couldn’t have done it without all of your help!
Westfield resident Jennifer Holley recently gathered jeans through donations to help a National Geographic Magazine project aimed at insulating homes.