Americans are apparently feeling philanthropic these days.
Men’s Wearhouse said that it collected a record number of items during its ninth annual National Suit Drive last month. Throughout the month of July, the retailer’s 800 Men’s Wearhouse stores around the U.S. collected over 260,000 articles of gently used men’s and women’s professional apparel to benefit unemployed Americans seeking to reenter the work force.
“Our customers made this a record year for the National Suit Drive and their donations will help change lives,” said Doug Ewert, chief executive officer of Tailored Brands, Inc., Men’s Wearhouse’s parent company. “Together, we are giving men and women across the country the confidence they need for a new beginning. We thank our customers, as well as our network of non-profit partners who support our communities across the country.”
Since its inception in 2008, the National Suit Drive has collected more than 1.2 million donations. Each year, Men’s Wearhouse teams up with more than 180 local non-profit organizations across the country that assist unemployed people trying to get back into the workforce with job readiness programs and workforce assistance. These organizations distribute the clothing donations to unemployed men and women in need as they prepare to re-enter the job market.
This year, Nick Cannon was among those who supported the initiative. Cannon, a TV host, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, promoted the program by making a personal donation and encouraging Americans to clean out their closets to help others.
“Confidence is key in making a first impression. Thanks to the tremendous response to this year’s drive, our clients are able to approach their next interview with the confidence they need,” said Susie Tuttle, manager of corporate social responsibility for Working Wardrobes.