SAXTONS RIVER >> A dozen adults and teens are collecting new and gently-used jeans for African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in a project they are calling Holy Jeans.

Members of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group will travel to Kenya in February for a service project in the village of Kaiguchu, where 143 orphans reside. The village has a nine-year relationship with the Guilford Community Church, which established the relationship and whose members have visited the village regularly to perform service projects and engage with the community.

"We are asking people to dig into their closets and bureaus to find those jeans they haven't worn in a while so we can take them to the children," said Wanda Salter of Rockingham, who will accompany the group with her husband, Todd Roy, and children, Alice and Tim.

The group welcomes new and gently used jeans (no rips or holes) in all sizes, especially children's. Jeans can be left in the entryway to Christ's Church in Saxtons River weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday mornings during the month of December. They can also be left at the Guilford Community Church.

Salter can be reached at 802-869-2582 for further information or to make arrangements to collect jeans.