Schreiber kicks off jean collection drive in York

Greg Gross

State Rep. Kevin Schreiber wants your old, gently used jeans.

The York City Democrat is teaming up with 43 local organizations to collect jeans, part of a nationwide effort called Teens for Jeans, for the homeless.

"We'll take anything and we'll put it to good use," he said. "We'll start knitting if we have to."

The Teens for Jeans campaign is being headed nationally by, a global effort aimed at getting young people to take up worthy causes. The organization boasts 5 million members in 130 countries, according to its website.

An estimated 1,500 school-age children in York County went without a permanent home in 2015, Schreiber said, adding the true figure could be closer to 2,000.

Locally: Schreiber officially kicked off the campaign with a news conference Thursday and has already received numerous jeans.

"Drop your denim doesn't mean now," he joked.

Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, turned up at the conference with a bag of jeans.

When Druck learned of the collection drive, she asked her daughter, who's away at college, if she could rifle through her drawers for old jeans.

"She said, 'Take what you want," Druck said, holding up a plastic bag filled with jeans. "I've got about 11 pairs of jeans in here."

One of Schreiber's interns, who is a York College student, convinced his rugby teammates to donate jeans, as well.

Jeans collected locally will go to the York Rescue Mission, which gives away about 30,000 articles of clothing yearly, to be handed out to those in need, said Matt Carey, its executive director.

"We do not have enough men's jeans," he said.

How to donate: Numerous businesses, local government offices and service agencies have joined the effort serving as collection points.

Some include the York County government offices at 28 E. Market St. in York City; the Beer Barn, 2057 Springwood Road in York Township; and the York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive in Spring Garden Township.

The Green Bean Roasting Co., the 100 S. Beaver St. business in York City co-owned by Schreiber's wife, Jen, was the first business to jump on board.

"It's a cause that's very dear to me," she said.

To find a collection point near you, go to Schreiber's website,, or call (717) 848-9595.

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