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Livingston Charity Jean Collection Drive Successful

The Livingston Health Department collected more than 100 pairs of used jeans for homeless teens.

Blue jeans from Livingston residents will be recycled and get a second chance. 

Livingston Municipal Nurse Missi Kimmel said more than 160 pairs of pants were donated over the past two weeks to benefit the "Teens for Jeans" program, which is run by clothing company Aeropostale and DoSomething.org

Kimmel said she was impressed by the public support for the project, especially from the Double Take consignment shop in Short Hills, which donated 50 pairs of jeans. Kimmel said she plans on making the project an annual event.

The nationwide program gathers used jeans and distributes them to homeless teens and youth, according to the website. The drive has been going on for four years and gathered more than 1.5 million pairs of jeans, according to the website. 

Kimmel said she started the local program to recycle old jeans and help out others. She added she hopes it will be bigger next year and she would like to get some local schools involved as well.

For more information about the program, visit teensforjeans.com.

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