Allyson Ahlstrom, 18, wanted to scrap the idea of struggling teen girls getting only handed-down clothes from the thrift store. She wanted to boost their self esteem by providing two brand-new head-to-toe outfits for any girl in need, so she started Threads for Teens two years ago in Santa Rosa, California.
To fulfill the mission of Threads for Teens, Allyson has raised $140,000 in cash and new clothing from stores like Hot Topic, and recruited 30 volunteers to help with the shop, including Girl Scouts who receive awards for volunteerism.
To date, more than 175 teens have shopped for their favorite fashions and accessories.
She didn’t stop with clothes, donating more than 70 backpacks filled with school supplies in her 2nd Annual Back-To-School Backpack Event.
The slogan that guides her 501(c-3) is from St. Francis of Assisi: “For it is in giving that we receive”.