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Help Seattle Residents "Suit Up" for Success

Help Seattle Residents

by Miranda McWeeney, Guest Blogger

KING5.com

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 4:23 AM

With less than two weeks remaining, Men’s Wearhouse’s National Suit Drive is seeking donations of professional attire to help Seattle residents “suit up” for success. You don’t have to spend money to give back to the Seattle community – you can simply clean out your closet. National Suit Drive, the nation’s largest collection of gently used business attire for men, is acceptations donations at all Men’s Wearhouse stores this month.

 

By dropping off gently worn professional attire at a Men’s Wearhouse store in Seattle, donors are helping unemployed people in Seattle specifically. Donations are distributed to local non-profits including The Post-Prison Education Program.  

 

The Post-Prison Education Program offers hope and creates opportunity for people returning to society by providing access to higher education. Vance Bartley is an individual who received a suit from National Suit Drive through the Post-Prison Education Program. Since then, he has become very successful and was willing to share his story.

 

My name is Vance G. Bartley, former Washington State prisoner. After spending 12-years behind bars, I was blessed to experience the gift of freedom. Along with that gift came the everyday struggles of employment and living life on life's terms.  I work as a paralegal which often involves in-court appearances, where my attire is extremely important.  As a result of my work with the Post-Prison Education Program, as a former student & board member, I was afforded the opportunity to have a few donated suits from Men’s Wearhouse.
 
The clothing has helped me and saved me so much money, time and expense.  One could not imagine what a financial burden it would have been for me to be able to come up with hundreds of dollars to purchase suits on my own.  The suits and ties I now have are great examples of the many challenges former prisoners are faced with.  Great thanks to the Men’s Warehouse and to the Post-Prison Education Program; they both have served to help me in my personal and professional life with the gift of suits and other clothing.

 

There are many other Seattle residents, like Vance, working with the Post-Prison Education Program and hoping to receive National Suit Drive donations this year. With less than two weeks left, the time to donate is now. Gently used men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes are being accepted at all Men’s Wearhouse locations until July 31st. As a thank you, donors will receive a coupon for 50% Off all retail items (excluding shoes and Everyday Low Price Items) for their next Men’s Wearhouse purchase as well as a tax receipt. With your help, we can get enough donations to support unemployed men and women in Seattle and the surrounding area.

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