National Suit Drive to Benefit Non-Profit, Heading Home

MEN’S WEARHOUSE LAUNCHES 8TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SUIT DRIVE

Heading Home and Men’s Wearhouse Challenge New Mexico Residents to Help Donate 250K Clothing Items This Year for a Collective ONE MILLION Donations

 Albuquerque, NM – Heading Home, a New Mexico non-profit that seeks to make experiences of homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring, is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to launch its eighth annual National Suit Drive, a six-week initiative that collects donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans. Clothing collected at the New Mexico Men’s Wearhouse stores through July 31st, as a result of the drive, will be distributed to residents at Heading Home’s emergency men’s shelter, known as the Albuquerque Opportunity Center campus. Across the United States, more than 180 local nonprofit organizations that provide job-ready skills, training and seminars to disadvantaged men and women entering or re-entering the workforce will also receive clothing items.

“We want to make experiences of homelessness rare, to accomplish that mission we run resume writing workshops, operate a computer lab, and help transition hundreds of men into housing ever year. But it is just as important that these men look presentable and exude confidence during their job interview,” said Joell Ackerman, Chief Operations Officer of Heading Home. “This is the third year we’ve teamed up with the Men’s Wearhouse for the National Suit Drive and every year it’s amazing to see how a suit can position our clients for success and be such an encouraging gift.”

As part of this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is issuing a challenge to consumers across the country to meet or exceed the goal of 250,000 donated items. Over the past seven years, the National Suit Drive has collected approximately 850,000 professional clothing donations, and this year marks the opportunity to break the one million donation mark.

Now residents of New Mexico can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes, at any of the four New Mexico Men’s Wearhouse locations. As a thank you, donors will receive 50 percent off the regular retail price of their next purchase from Men’s Wearhouse (excluding shoes, clearance and Exceptional Value items).

“A suit is more than just about how you look – it’s about how you feel, and it’s important to feel your absolute best during a job interview,” said Doug Ewert, CEO of The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. “The National Suit Drive gives men looking to re-enter the workforce a chance at a new beginning. Through this annual campaign, we’ve had an opportunity to truly make a difference in people’s lives, and we’re excited at the potential of reaching one million donations this year.”

This year, the National Suit Drive is partnering with DeMarco Murray, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, to help spread the word. “Whether ‘suiting up’ on the field or off, I’ve felt first-hand the confidence a suit provides and how it helps you perform at your personal best,” said Murray. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the National Suit Drive to give other men throughout the nation the ability to recognize their dreams – and achieve them.”

#GIVEASUIT AND GET SOCIAL

To help spread the word about this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is encouraging people to share the #giveasuit post found on their Facebook page. For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the local nonprofits they have partnered with.

For more information, visit the National Suit Drive website at www.nationalsuitdrive.com.

About Heading Home

Heading Home is the backbone organization for several impactful community programs: the Albuquerque Heading Home Initiative, Vets Heading Home, Keeping Families Together and the Albuquerque Opportunity Center campus. Collectively these programs have transitioned more than 1,500 people into housing since 2011.

About Men’s Wearhouse

Founded in 1973, Men’s Wearhouse is one of North America’s largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel with 1,758 stores.  The Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories in exclusive and non-exclusive merchandise brands and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection.  Most K&G stores carry a full selection of women’s apparel.  Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Moores and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores.  Additionally, Men’s Wearhouse operates a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Twin Hill in the United States and Dimensions, Alexandra and Yaffy in the United Kingdom.  For additional information on Men’s Wearhouse, please visit the Company’s websites at www.menswearhouse.com, www.josbank.com, www.josephabboud.com, www.mooresclothing.com, www.kgstores.com, www.twinhill.com, www.dimensions.co.uk and www.alexandra.co.uk.

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