Back to School time is expensive for any family, but particularly tough for kids from underprivileged families. Local teen, Allyson Ahlstrom, is striving to tackle this hardship one backpack at a time.
At only 14 years old she founded Threads for Teens, a program started last year with the intension of providing clothing, support, and education to teenage girls in less fortunate circumstances. These girls might be part of foster homes, group homes, homes of extreme poverty, and even some that are homeless. The program has been incredibly successful, providing new clothing through donations of clothes and money upwards of $65,000.
Right now, Threads for Teens is preparing for their Back-to-School Backpack Event. On August 27th they will be giving 75 low-income teens backpacks filled with supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks, rulers, erasers, and a few other items to help them have a successful school year. $20 donations provided enough for each backpack, and were given generously through various local companies, foundations, and individuals.
If you would like to help out with this event by either donating a backpack filled with supplies or sending money to sponsor a backpack, please click HERE for more information.
On a side note, Threads for Teens has an opportunity to receive up to $30,000 from StayClassy, a non-profit social media platform. The local program is nominated for “Best New Charity” and “Charity of the Year”. A vote from you will help them secure a winning spot.
For more information on the StayClassy Awards and backpack donations, including a school supplies list, please go to www.threadsforteens.com or contact Allyson Ahlstrom at (707) 483-9128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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