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Tampa group collecting second-hand business clothes for unemployed

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Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2013 at 05:45 PM

TAMPA - A local nonprofit group is working with Men's Wearhouse to collect "gently used" men's business attire for donation to residents looking for work.

The sixth annual National Suit Drive, sponsored by the national men's clothing chain, runs through July. Locally items dropped off at Men's Wearhouse stores will be given to Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa for distribution.

The CDC, located at 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave., operates job training and confidence building programs. The agency is among 150 nonprofits selected to participate in the program nationally.

"Many people in this area are still struggling despite the slowly recovering economy," said Ernest Coney Jr., chief operating officer of the CDC of Tampa. "The National Suit Drive is making it easy for the local community to give back and help those who are in need and searching for jobs."

Donations of men's and women's suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes are needed.

Nationally the Men's Wearhouse hopes to collect 150,000 items of clothing and accessories. Each time the clothing drive is mentioned on Facebook and Twitter, Men's Wearhouse will contribute $1, up to a total of $20,000.

Also, donors can receive a coupon for future purchases at the store as well as a tax deduction.

In Tampa, Men's Wearhouse stores are at 110l N. Dale Mabry Highway; 13242 N. Dale Mabry ; and 8009 Citrus Park Drive.

ksteele@tampatrib.com

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