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Clothing donations needed for inmate job program

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The eighth annual national suit drive is in full swing. 

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is partnering with Men's Wearhouse and Refined by Fire Ministries to give releasing offenders assistance in looking for a job and dressing for the part. 

Men's Wearhouse locations across Louisiana are currently accepting interview-appropriate men's and women's clothing until July 31, 2015.  

Donations of gently used and clean items such as suits, dress shirts, jackets, dress skirts, outerwear, ties, belts and shoes are all being accepted. 

More than 17,000 men and women were released from state custody back into Louisiana communities in 2014.  Many face obstacles making a successful and permanent transition. 

Having a polished, professional look is critical to making a good first impression.  The annual effort is known as the "Michael Ellerbe Legacy Suit Drive" in honor of the former pre-release director at Dixon Correctional Institute.   

Spread the work by sharing the #giveasuit post on the Men's Wearhouse Facebook page.  For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to local non-profit partners. 

Clothing Requirements: 
Gently used, clean and on a hanger please 


Items Collected (Men and Women's attire): 
Suits                        
Sports coats                        
Slacks                        
Dress shirts 
Dress shoes                   
Sportswear                        
Outerwear                
Ties/Belts/Accessories 


Donors Receive: 
- A 50% discount coupon toward a future purchase at Men's Wearhouse 
- Tax receipt for donated items 

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