wouldn't you love it if . . .

teens had some compassion?

Well, here’s a story about some teens who really did manage to think about how they’d feel in someone else’s shoes.

An average teen who lives in Ravenscroft in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, Krissi Fajgenbaum has helped thousands of low-income teens to look and feel their best. She got the inspiration after watching a documentary about the poverty and unemployment in the nearby community of Robbinsville.

“In tenth grade I watched Diane Sawyer’s “20/20” documentary on children of the Appalachians and the poverty in which they live. I was devastated to learn that this kind of poverty exists right here in NC, only five hours away from where I live, and was compelled to start Teens 2 Teens,” says Fajgenbaum.

The organization takes donations of used clothing from teens. The clothes are sorted and cleaned by teens. The shop, called Krissi’s Kloset, is run by teens. “All teenagers have the same wants and needs no matter who they are or where they come from,” says Krissi. “Teens want to feel good about themselves. They want to feel self confident and they want to fit in. By offering teens in need gently used clothing, they can feel good about themselves at school and feel more confident and comfortable when they go on class trips and college visits.” And so, the teens in need are allowed to shop for free. That’s right, the clothes and shoes are FREE.

Krissi is now in college,  a freshman biomedical engineering major at UNC Chapel Hill and a Robertson Scholar – you might think she would be busy pledging a sorority, or trying out for teams or drama, or just studying hard. But, busy as she is, she still makes time to work with Teens 2 Teens, providing those in need with a sustainable way to receive clothing, shoes, and accessories that have been gently used by others. And, in July 2010, Teens 2 Teens partnered with Communities In Schools of North Carolina in an effort to reach and provide clothing to at risk teens in the Appalachians. Our first joint effort  is a shop for free boutique in Bryson City which is centrally located in the Appalachian Mountain Region of NC. This boutique, also called Krissi’s Kloset, will provide clothes and shoes to  needy teens in eight counties in the NC Appalachians.

As pointed out on the website, most high schools have a community service requirement. Also, most colleges look very favorably upon an effort that meets a local need but does not garner lots of attention. They’d rather see someone work to combat a problem that to get credit for the hours. Well, Krissi started out that way, but has not shunned the attention, and the increased donations that brings. She and Teens 2 Teens have been featured in People Magazine and Cary Magazine, on Good Morning America’s AmeriCAN segment, and as ABC 11 Person of the Week on her local station. Still, Krissi has not let her 15 minutes of fame go to her head. She urges others to

Start a chapter of Teens 2 Teens at your school. Small towns all over America have been hit especially hard by the poor economy. Unemployment is high which means many teens are going without basics such as jeans, sweaters,  coats, and shoes. Contact me to learn how to start a partnership with a school in need. I hope you will consider starting a chapter at your school




And according to the Donations page on the Teens 2 Teens website;

All donations are extremely appreciated and will go to needy students who desperately need them.  

 Please remember to include your name and address with your package so we can send you your tax-deduction form.

Please send your donations to:

Krissi’s Kloset

CIS of Swain County

100 Brendle Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

 or you can contact Krissi herself at krissi@teens2teens.net.

I encourage you all to donate, clothes, shoes, accessories, or money.  And to Krissi Fajgenbaum,

Rock on!


our military servicepeople were treated like the heroes they are?

Well, there’s a guy in Houston, Texas, named Dan Wallrath, who custom builds homes. And he’s been building new houses and giving them to wounded servicemen and women and their families free of charge. (Gee, it seems like Houston, Texas is the place to be for good things happening today!)

No matter what your politics, and I’m not going to get into mine, you’ve got to admit that these men and women signed up to do a job for us. They expected, because our recruiters told them, that they would be well taken care of both on deployment and after, whether they were well or ill or injured. But, many of them don’t get the benefits they need, or they don’t get them easily.

Life goes on, even after you’ve sustained catastrophic injury. Bills need to be paid, the family needs a home; they need food and clothing, transportation. It goes on and on. But, if you’re that badly wounded, you’re dealing with such basic survival issues that the rest of it gets away from you. And more medical bills pile up. It can get ugly.

And people who got wounded doing a job for us ought to be taken care of better than that. We owe them, whether we agree with a military action or not. Whether they agree with the military action or not, they’re in uniform and they did their job. We owe them.

This guy, giving away houses, is treating our wounded warriors like heroes. In my book, that makes him a hero, too.

Rock on!

every CEO copied this guy?

It’s hard to believe in the post 1980s world, where “greed is good.” Even so, it really happened. A CEO, of a school district in this case, gave back to his people. He wanted programs that would have been cut to continue, so his salary is now their funding!


I say, rock on, Larry Powell! Way to go for a dedicated educator!

To me, his key idea was expressed this way, “How much do we need to keep accumulating? There’s no reason for me to keep stockpiling money.” Amen.

Peace to you.