National Suit Drive Begins September 1

Men's Wearhouse is preparing for the National Suit Drive. (Photo: Gareth Simpson [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

With a national unemployment rate above 9 percent, there are millions of Americans actively searching for a new job. To help some of these workers leave a lasting impression during the job interview, the Men’s Wearhouse is preparing for its second annual National Suit Drive.

The month-long drive begins Sept. 1, and Men’s Wearhouse aims to collect 150,000 suits. The men’s clothing store is working with over 200 nonprofit organizations across the country and will donate a brand new tie for every suit donated. To help entice customers to participate in the program, Men’s Wearhouse is also offering a 10 percent discount to those who donate a suit to the program.

Working Wardrobes, an Orange County, Calif.-based organization, is one of the nonprofits partnering with Men’s Wearhouse for the event. Jerri Rosen, CEO of the organization, is excited about the opportunities that this event will provide to unemployed men in the area.

"Proper professional attire really makes a difference in our client's life. With these donations, men will have the opportunity to walk into an interview with confidence — an essential step toward economic stability." Source: CSRWire

Not only does the National Suit Drive provide confidence to men seeking employment, it is also a great way to recycle and reuse a wardrobe. Well-made suits can be used for years and while the original owner may be ready to move on to a new style, the suit will still have a lot of life left in it.

In order to participate in the program, suits must be gently used, freshly laundered, and on hangers. In addition to complete suits, Men’s Wearhouse is also accepting sport coats, slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes, sportswear, outerwear, ties and other accessories.

If you are interested in donating a suit, you can find your local Men’s Wearhouse or Men’s Wearhouse & Tux location and drop off the clothing between Sept. 1 and 30. In addition to the 10 percent discount, you will also be given an itemized donation log and receipt for tax purposes.