Suit drive planned to aid job seekers

Aug 10 2011 - 11:39pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- From now until Aug. 31, Catholic Community Services of Utah will partner with Men's Wearhouse to help disadvantaged job seekers receive gently used business attire.

It's the fourth annual National Suit Drive.

This is the second time CCS has joined Men's Wearhouse and approximately 200 other U.S. charities to distribute items collected at more than 900 stores.

Items to be collected include men's and women's suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes.

Utah residents may donate their gently used and cleaned items at any Men's Wearhouse.

"Many men in Utah are still struggling to find a job as the economy slowly recovers," said Brad Drake, CCS executive director. "This suit drive will empower these men with the self-confidence that comes from looking sharp and help them stand out from the crowd of job seekers."

Utah's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in June.

Men's Wearhouse will reward donors with 50 percent off a purchase and will donate a tie for every suit received. For every "like" on Facebook, Men's Wearhouse will donate $1 to the cause, up to $10,000.

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