Los Angeles, CA– Unemployment is difficult financially and emotionally, particularly for men, whose identity and worth is tied to the ability to be breadwinners. Scott, a reader, told me about a new campaign from Men’s Wearhouse–their first annual National Suit Drive to help give unemployed men a “second chance.” According to the Men’s Wearhouse:
For many unemployed men, a new suit is the first step toward a second chance. During the National Suit Drive, every one of our over 550 stores will be collecting gently used professional attire to benefit at-risk men and youth transitioning into the workforce. All clothing we receive will be distributed throughout the community by local nonprofit organizations.
In addition to the nonprofit organizations receiving clothing donations, we are asking companies and membership organizations across the country to join us by asking their employees or members to clean out their closets and bring in gently used dress apparel to their local Men’s Wearhouse store. This will substantially increase the volume of clothing donations collected and allow many more underserved men to look and feel great as they get prepared for job interviews…
Simply visit your nearest Men’s Wearhouse store during the months of September and October and donate professional clothing, such as suits, sport coats, slacks, ties, and belts. All donations are tax deductible, and participants will receive a coupon for 10% off their next Men’s Wearhouse purchase as a special thank you. Plus, we’ll contribute a new dress shirt for every suit we receive.