1. Elizabeth nominated Glenn. Glenn is 15 years old
2. Marge nominated her brother Yon. Yon is 43 years old.
Elizabeth writes: “Glenn is a student in my classroom and is the life of the party. Glenn loves to socialize with staff and students and make people laugh. He is the most sensitive teenage boy and the most polite boy I’ve ever met. Glenn loves to drop a beat and beatbox when people are feeling blue.”
How would a pair of our jeans make a difference in his life? “Glenn usually wears sweat pants and sweat shorts to make life easier and more independent in the bathroom. Glenn would look great in a pair of jeans that fit him properly. He is growing like a teenage weed and the investment into jeans for his family just isn’t an option financially. Glenn would blend into the school community if he could have a pair of jeans that fit him”
Marge writes: “My brother Yon is the most amazing person that I have ever known. He was adopted by my parents when he was 7. I had just graduated from high school and was 18 at the time. His was a Sunday’s Child in the Boston Globe. They usually ran stories about hard to place children, usually due to handicaps. My brother Yon faces obstacles on a daily basis. He has an intellectual disability and cerebral palsy with a seizure disorder. Daily medication has kept him seizure free for years but his brain scans indicate that he still could have a seizure if he didn’t take his pills. Yon attended public school from 1st -12th grade. He participated in Special Olympics and actually lettered and earned his varsity jacket in Track and Bowling! As an adult, he continues to participate in Special Olympics swimming and basketball. He works part-time at the local grocery store as a general duty clerk! He does cleaning jobs around the store as well as gathering carts in the lot or help a customer to their car with groceries. After my parents passed away, Yon went to live with my sister and her family. It was a difficult adjustment for all of them but they made it work! I could go on and on about my brother. He’s funny and fun to be with. Like all little brothers, he was annoying, touched my stuff and bugged me to no end. But, he also taught me patience, unconditional love and how to never give up!! My brother Yon is my hero!”
How would a pair of our jeans make a difference in his life? “My brother Yon only has full use of his left hand and arm. His right arm cannot be fully straightened out. Although he can shower and dress himself, regular jeans and dress pants are a major challenge for him. There is usually someone home to help snap or zip him up but when he’s home by himself, he usually wears sweat pants or running pants that he can just pull up himself. A pair of your jeans would make him more self-sufficient!! To not have to ask for someone to help him with his jeans would be great!! It doesn’t seem to bother him to ask for help but in all honesty, we don’t really know if it does. He is 43 years old and he should be able to put on a pair of jeans without needing someone to zip them up for him.”