When David Mendelsohn was looking for a way to get more involved in the community, a trip to the Mall at Wellington Green gave him the inspiration to do something. Each year, Aeropostale and DoSomething.org run a Teens for Jeans Drive, encouraging students to collect gently used jeans for homeless youth.
Mendelsohn recruited his friend Melanie Margolese, a fellow theater major at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and together they ran a Teens for Jeans Drive at their school and within the community.
After a month, they had amassed a total of 770 pairs of jeans, which were delivered to the Aeropostale store in Wellington. From there, they were donated to the Palm Beach Coalition for the Homeless.
“We’re so happy that we were able to help make a difference in the lives of others,” Mendelsohn said. “It was great to see so many people come together and help. Next year, we hope to get collect even more jeans, as well as other items to help the homeless.”
Along with students and faculty at Dreyfoos, friends and family, businesses that helped included School of Rock of the Palm Beaches, Ultima Fitness Downtown, Roxy’s, FIST Martial Arts & Fitness, Shullman Orthodontics, Premier Family Health, Vantage Pointe Dance Studio and the Palm Beach County Gator Club.
ABOVE: Melanie Margolese and David Mendelsohn.