July 1, 2015
This is it: The Men's Wearhouse suit drive, all this month!
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is partnering with Men's Wearhouse to launch its eighth annual National Suit Drive, a six-week initiative that collects donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans.
Clothing collected at Men's Wearhouse stores between June 22 and July 31 as a result of the drive will be distributed to fatherhood programs across the state of South Carolina and local nonprofit organizations that provide job-ready skills, training and seminars to disadvantaged men and women entering or re-entering the workforce in South Carolina.
As our own Ricky Barr, Director of Community Development and Programming for South Carolina Center For Fathers And Families, says, "The process of change is ultimately internal. However, when the internal and the external meet, the external change becomes a reflection of the metamorphosis that is taking place on the inside. Therefore we see our partnership with Men's Wearhouse as the icing on the cake of transformation, 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 seven 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.
All this month, 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 Harbison
275 Harbison Blvd, Ste EE
Men's Wearhouse on Columbiana Cir
120 Columbiana Cir
Men's Wearhouse and Tux on Two Notch Rd
7201 Two Notch Rd, Ste Au524
Village At Sandhill
Men's Wearhouse on Harden St
701 Harden St
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 in South Carolina receive a chance to get back to work.
"A suit is more than just about how you look -- it's about how you feel, and it's important to feel your absolute best during a job interview," said Doug Ewert, CEO of The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. "The National Suit Drive gives men looking to re-enter the workforce a chance at a new beginning. Through this annual campaign, we've had an opportunity to truly make a difference in people's lives, and we're excited at the potential of reaching one million donations this year."
This year, the National Suit Drive is partnering with DeMarco Murray, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, to help spread the word. "Whether 'suiting up' on the field or off, I've felt first-hand the confidence a suit provides and how it helps you perform at your personal best," said Murray. "I'm thrilled to be partnering with the National Suit Drive to give other men throughout the nation the ability to recognize their dreams -- and achieve them."
#GIVEASUIT AND GET SOCIAL
To help spread the word about this year's National Suit Drive, Men's Wearhouse is encouraging people to share the #giveasuit post found on their Facebook page. For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the local nonprofits they have partnered with. For more information, visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com.