Men’s Wearhouse wants to help inmates dress to impress on job interviews.
To help get work-ready attire for men and women who will soon be released from prison, Men’s Wearhouse locations across the country will accept men’s and women’s clothing appropriate for job interviews until the end of July.
This is the eighth annual National Suit Drive that the company has held. They are working in conjunction with corrections departments around the country to help offenders find jobs, as well.
The Men’s Wearhouse stores will serve as clothing drop off points for items such as suits, dress shirts, jackets, and dress skirts, as well as accessories like ties, belts, and shoes.
Men’s Wearhouse is looking to meet or exceed its goal of 250,000 interview-ready items. Over the past seven years, the company has collected around 850,000 items total, according to a press release.
That’s a significant amount of clothing, but nowhere near the 14.3 million tons that Americans donate annually to help benefit people in need all over the world.
But Men’s Wearhouse Chief Creative Director Joseph Abboud said that the National Suit Drive does more than collect clothing — it also gives recipients “confidence, inspiration, and a chance.”
“In a suit, the world looks at you a little differently,” Abboud said in the company’s press release, “and everyone deserves to know what that feels like.”
Even those who don’t have suits to spare can help the company give back and ease the transition for incarcerated men and women. For every share of the #giveasuit post on the Men’s Wearhouse Facebook page, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to its local non-profit partners who are helping with the effort.
All clothing donated must be gently used and clean and should be placed on a hanger.
As a thank you to those who give at Men’s Wearhouse locations, donors will receive a 50% off coupon toward a future purchase at Men’s Wearhouse and a tax receipt to receive a write-off for their donations.
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