By Ramon Lontok

Staff Writer

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LBCC students got an opportunity to participate in a humanitarian cause during the school’s ‘Teens for Jeans’ collection drive, a cause that is aimed to collect over 5,000 pairs of jeans to help homeless teens.
The collection drive, which was a national event sponsored by Aeropostale, was held by the LBCC Computer and Office Studies (COS) Department, who teamed up with Gompers K-8 School, a local school from the Long Beach Unified School District.
When talking about the cause, Michelle Del Rosario, 20, an architectural design major, said, “Anyway that you can contribute helps a lot and it’s amazing how there are people who still help out there.”
Tara Hahn, 27, a computer science major, said, “Teenagers live for jeans and jeans never go out of style.”
‘Teens for Jeans’ was introduced at LBCC by Head of COS Department Gene Carbonara, who first heard about the cause from his wife, Felonise, a school counselor at Gompers.
“The thing is, it’s not just old people who are homeless,” Carbonara said. “A lot of teenagers have no homes and I’m trying to get other teens give jeans to teenagers.”
Carbonara said he made the “big announcement” regarding the event to several Tuesday and Thursday classes and encouraged students to “clean (their) closets out and make a donation.”
The drive’s initial deadline to accept donations was on Feb. 20 but it was extended until Monday, Feb. 25. Students were able to donate any size of jeans, old or new, at the LAC in M109 and also at the PCC in room MD137.
Gompers and LBCC were able to collect more than 5,300 jean donations that were sent out to Aeropostale stores in both Lakewood and Cerritos. Carbonara said he was happy both schools reached the goal and that they “probably would have collected more” if they had more than a week allotted.
“When you donate money, it’s not the same,” said Carbonara. “Think about what you have and what other people don’t have. It’s a big difference.”