(INDIANAPOLIS) - Some teens getting ready for their first year of college use the summer to relax, plan their move or say goodbye to hometown friends. Allyson Ahlstrom is using the summer before her freshman year to help other teens in need, something she has been doing the last four years.
Ahlstrom will be in Indianapolis on Friday as her non-profit "Threads For Teens" continues a nationwide tour.
While she is here, 20 underprivileged girls selected by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will each get to pick out clothes and accessories during a personal shopping session with Ahlstrom at a semi trailer-turned pink fashion boutique, which will be set up outside the Conrad downtown.
Many teenage girls spend their days occupied with school activities, dating, friends and family - not necessarily in that order. Ahlstrom has wanted to help other teens since her freshman year of high school, when she read a book about young people and their service projects.
Allyson started with a storefront in her hometown of Santa Rosa, California, and she has received donations from some big-time companies, such as Urban Outfitters, OPI Nail Polish, and American Eagle Outfitters. This summer's tour, which began in Los Angeles in May, began with Allyson's desire to do clothing drives in all 50 states.
All of the clothes and accessories donated are brand new, and each girl will get to choose any three items she wants from the pink semi/boutique, which will be set up between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Ahlstrom heads to the University of Pennsylvania shortly after her tour concludes in Burlington, Vermont in August.
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