Nearly Naked Businessmen Want the Suit Off Your Back
On Tuesday, August 2, if you live in a major city, be on the lookout for attractive guys wandering the streets wearing only boxers, dress shoes, socks and ties. You'll know them by the signs they're carrying, which read "Give the suit off your back."
They're part of a campaign launched by Men's Wearhouse during the month of August, asking for professional clothing donations that will be passed along to low income men and women. The aim is to help the less fortunate find jobs that will make them self-sufficient and better able to support their families.
The under-dressed reminders will be walking the streets of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.
It's all part of the Men's Wearhouse fourth annual National Suit Drive, which asks people to drop off their men's and women's suits, dress shirts, jackets, ties, belts, skirts and shoes at any Men's Wearhouse or Men's Wearhouse & Tux store. Some large companies even get involved in the effort, providing a donation box for employees and encouraging them to donate their gently used clothing to the cause.
The clothes collected will be distributed to more than 120 charitable organizations, including Rescue Missions, Urban Leagues, Workforce Development organizations, ministries, social services departments, vocational rehab organizations and more.
Last year 88,593 items of clothing were collected, including 20,276 suits, 17,012 dress shirts, 12,510 pairs of pants, 10,201 sport coats and 28,594 other items. The goal this year is to collect more than 100,000 wardrobe pieces.
You can find out more information about how to "Help someone find their strong suit," by visiting the event website. If you missed spring cleaning, this might be a little motivation for summer cleaning -- especially where your closet is concerned. The right interview outfit can make all the difference for someone applying for a job.
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