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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

A Bainbridge high school student set his eyes on a prize, and he convinced the school and community to support him in his endeavor.

Trey Alston separates jean after jean, but these boxes are filled with more than just clothes. The almost 200 jeans collected represent a commitment to service sparked by one student.

"Trey actually came to me one day early in January, with the idea of doing this project it was totally and completely his initiative, I told him sure you can make some announcements put up some posters, lets give it a try, I had no idea it'd be this successful," said principal Tommie Howell.

While searching for ways to earn money for college, Trey ran across the Teens For Jeans campaign. Scholarships are awarded to individuals and schools based on the number of jeans collected. Aeropostale then donates the jeans to teens in need. The high school senior saw it as a win win situation.

Trey says when he came up with the idea he never imagined that a pair of blue jeans would bring him stardom in his school, community, and his hometown.  He has gained a lot of attention and received a lot of support, forcing the shy teen to break out of his shell.

"I never thought this would happen because I just thought I was going to collect jeans for high school, and that was it, I didn't think it would get to this point," said Alston.

Even though he has received an outpouring of support, he says it's not about him it's still about helping others, "I just like doing good things, I've always wanted to do something good for the community, I Just never knew what I wanted to do."

The drive ends on Friday and for those doubting themselves about giving a new idea a try, he offers these words,"be strong, stay confident, and you can do it."

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