By Good News Network Wednesday, July 11, 2012
16-year-old Allyson Ahlstrom of Santa Rosa, Calif., wasn't satisfied with the idea of underprivileged teen girls settling for wearing used clothing from a thrift shop. At an age when outward pressures can easily threaten a girl's self esteem, she should be able to look her best and take pride in her appearance.
That's why Allyson created Threads for Teens, a clothing boutique that gives girls in need a confidence-booster when they walk out the door with two brand new head-to-toe outfits. Girls ages 13-17 visit the store and shop for items they need at no cost.
This month she was named one of 15 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes and awarded $10,000 in cash and a $7,500 educational scholarship for her outstanding work.
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.
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