Teens4good, Inc., President Corbin Healy and executive committee member Perry Worden recently rallied the Lee’s Summit community to contribute over 1,200 pairs of jeans to help the homeless and less fortunate. Healy and Worden are both ninth-grade students at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit.
“It was Perry’s idea,” said Healy. “Perry has really been inspired to help our community and he came up with doing a jeans drive which he named ‘Jeans4good.’ I really liked the idea so Teens4good got behind the project and helped Perry organize volunteers, advertise the project, arrange drop-off locations, and collect jeans.”
Teens4good, Inc. is a non-profit public charity that Corbin Healy founded to inspire teenagers to help others and become community leaders. Perry is a member of the organization’s executive committee and led the jeans drive.
“Our goal is to identify a need in the community and inspire teens to help,” said Healy. “We want each Teens4good project to help people in need, teach our volunteers something about the project that will stick with them, and be fun.”
Teens4good partnered with City Union Mission, the largest rescue mission in the 6-state area, to distribute the jeans.
“We chose to partner with City Union Mission because they always have a need,” said Worden. “We were able to meet with Dennis Chapman, the director of development at City Union Mission. We shared our idea and Mr. Chapman was excited about the drive. They depend on the donations of others to help those in need,” Healy said.
Teens4good mobilized students at SCA, and members of Woods Chapel United Methodist Church to contribute their new and lightly used jeans to the drive. “Local businesses Curbside Dry Cleaning and Studio J School of Dance also collected jeans for the drive,” said Healy. “We want teens to help, but it is great when local organizations and businesses participate too.”