Suit drive under way

The Men’s Wearhouse in Grand Junction has joined in a national effort to provide business attire to disadvantaged workers looking for work.

The Center for Independence in Grand Junction, an agency that helps people with disabilities to live independently, will distribute gently used clothing and accessories collected during the fifth annual National Suite Drive.

“We are thrilled to partner with Men’s Wearhouse to assist men with disabilities to succeed in their job search,” said Jana Hill, vocational program manager at CFI. “Many men, particularly those with physical, mental or social challenges, are struggling in this economy, and (the) National Suit Drive is the local community’s chance to help.”

Through July, suits, jackets, ties, belts and shoes may be donated at the Men’s Wearhouse in the Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6 & 50.

For every suit donated, Men’s Wearhouse will give two ties to the cause. As a thank you, donors will receive a coupon good for 50 percent off their next purchase of all regularly priced merchandise at Men’s Wearhouse, except shoes, as well as a tax receipt.

More than 900 Men’s Wearhouse locations across the United States are participating in the drive, as are 200 nonprofit organizations that will distribute donations from the largest collection of used business attire in the country.

Founded in 1973, Men’s Wearhouse has grown into one of the largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel in North America with nearly 1,200 stores.

The Center for Independence provides training, counseling and a range of other services to people with disabilities in 12 Western Colorado counties.

For more information, visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com or www.cfigj.org.