KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Right now Men's Wearhouse stores across the country are holding their annual suit drive. This month, you can donate professional clothing you don't need anymore and in turn give others a chance to change their lives.
The Men's Wearhouse manager, Sean Bilow says, "what we're asking you to do is go through your closet at home, check out any clothing that you have that's not fitting anymore or you just don't need anymore."
Not only does a donation help someone else, but it also helps you. All you need to do is bring in a suit you don't wear anymore and you get 50 percent off a brand new one. Then, that old suit goes to someone who can really use it and for every suit donated, Mens Wearhouse donates 2 brand new ties.
In the Tri-Cities, Goodwill gets the proceeds. According to Bilow, he says Men's Wearhouse is "set up with the Goodwill, so all of our donations go directly to them and go into their work program to get folks back into the workplace." Goodwill's job placement programs help people facing hard times. Once they complete the program, they get a voucher for their very own suit.
Marcy Fisher, a Special Projects Director at Goodwill says, "there are barriers for people, one of those would be money for buying the professional clothing. when someone gets dressed up, you know you just feel better, you look good, you feel the pride and it really helps them to go out there and win that position."
Before suit recipient Tounta completed the community jobs program two years ago her life wasn't all it could be. She says she was "in a bad place, living pretty much in a garage, no job." But, she says the outfit helped her to success. "You don't want to go to a job interview with rags, or jeans and a t-shirt and jeans. but now with the clothing, it's like, ok i can do this... my thoughts have always been positive since" says Tounta.
So this month, think about donating to the drive. the suit may not mean much to you, but it could mean everything to someone else.