The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to launch its ninth annual National Suit Drive, an initiative that collects donations of gently-
used professional attire for unemployed Americans.
Clothing collected at Men’s Wearhouse stores through July 31 will be distributed to fatherhood program participants enrolled in job readiness training at each of the Center’s 15 program centers across the state which provide assessment, training, and support to disadvantaged men and women entering or re-entering the workforce in South Carolina.
“When an individual commits to making a life change, the process is largely an internal one. However, especially when seeking new or better employment, the external appearance must reflect the positive change within,” said Richard Barr, director of community development and programming for South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. “We see our partnership with Men’s Wearhouse as the icing on the cake of transformation for the men and women we serve and for that we say thank you.”
As part of this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is issuing a challenge to consumers across the country to meet or exceed the goal of 250,000 donated items. Over the past eight years, the National Suit Drive has collected approximately 850,000 professional clothing donations, and this year marks the opportunity to break the one-million-donation mark.
Residents of South Carolina can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts, and shoes, at Men’s Wearhouse locations in the Midlands.
As a thank-you, donors will receive 50 percent off the regular retail price of their next purchase from Men’s Wearhouse (excluding shoes, clearance, and exceptional value items).
Last year, The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families was able to help hundreds of men and women achieve a professional appearance with donations made to the National Suit Drive.
To help spread the word, Men’s Wearhouse is encouraging people to share the #giveasuit post found on its Facebook and Twitter pages. For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the local nonprofit partners.
For more information, visit www.scfathersandfamilies.com or the National Suit Drive website at www.nationalsuitdrive.com.
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families supports 15 fatherhood programs in 36 counties across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices and helping to erase society’s negative stereotypes of unwed, low-income dads. The non-profit organization is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine based in Richfield, Ohio. Its mission is based on the conviction that children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is active in their lives.