When she learned the hugely successful Toys for Tots Program did not provide gifts for children over 14, Lanette Duchesneau decided to do something about it. She formed All Teens Matter -- a registered nonprofit that collects items for teens who otherwise would go without during the holiday season.
Here's how the group says it works.
Teens identified by teachers and school counselors receive a tree, a stocking with an orange peppermint stick, 2 pencils, a couple pieces of chocolate and a homemade crocheted hat, 4-6 gifts each and a complete dinner with turkey, ham, and all the fixings.
Gifts include items like DVD players, iPods, drivers education courses, even necessities like beds and eyeglasses.
The program has enjoyed great success, but Duchesneau said it is struggling in the current economy.
Donations can be placed in a drop box at 2144 11th Street in Bremerton.
Here are some suggested donation items:
Bras -- Make-up -- Razors -- Coats -- pillows -- Shoes -- Belts -- MP3 Players -– Towels -- Books -- Art Supplies -- Jeans -- CDs -- Sheets -- Backpacks -– Coats -- Blankets -- comforters -- scarves -- dresses (for everyday and prom) -- Games (board, video) -- Candles –- iTunes gift card -- Socks -- Slacks -- Hats -- Skateboards -- Snowboards -- shirts/blouses -- underwear -–curling irons –- Dishes -- Pet food -- pet toys -- pre-paid cell phones -- food of any kind -- gift Certificates for hair cuts, manicures, pedicures -- gift certificates for bowling and movie tickets.
Cash donations can also be made at any Kitsap or US Bank branch.