AVALON — Avalon ISD collected about 900 pairs of blue jeans Friday to donate to Bastrop ISD employees and students.

“We had a tornado here in April and Palmer, Milford and Ferris all pitched in to help our community and we got back everything in one day,” technical director Dwayne Betik said. “The way I see it is, it works both ways.”

More than 800 homes in Bastrop, Texas, have been destroyed by fire and about 200 of those belonged to Bastrop ISD faculty and staff. Betik, technical assistant Bethany Bland and elementary librarian Denice Wimbish decided to hold a blue jean drive and first sent out word Thursday afternoon.

“Jeans are pretty popular – everybody wears jeans, so we thought it would be a good idea,” Betik said. “I was expecting about 500 pairs of jeans with the short notice, but the Lord doubled our expectations.”

Betik planned to drive to Bastrop on Saturday to deliver the jeans – which were all sorted as to gender and size – to the superintendent of BISD.

“We can teach the kids to take care of others. We’re leading by example and showing them what team work, everyone doing their part, can do,” Betik said.

The blue jean donation lasted only one day, but Betik said he would receive information on what Bastrop still needs when he was there Saturday and the Avalon community will try to meet those needs.

“It’s amazing what one little school can do in one day,” Wimbish said. “The kindergarteners looked darling walking in with jeans in their arms. And the high school students and everyone pitching in was amazing.”

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