Moores Canadian Suit Drive helps disadvantaged men get a shot at steady employment
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TORONTO, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Divorced, jobless, homeless and buried in debt, Randy Wallis from Edmonton knew he had hit rock bottom. He was desperate for help until he received an opportunity for a fresh start from a local organization, which gave him a suit and the confidence to go back to the working world.
"You can imagine the difference that made for Randy. He went from depressed and down on his luck, to a poised man who looked like a million bucks. He was given a second chance. He has the confidence to take charge of his future. He's now working to get access to his kids, is in a stable job, and has even paid off his back taxes so Canada Revenue now owes him rebates! His life has meaning," says Doug Stacey, Director of Business Development for EmployAbilities, an agency that provides work for people with disabilities.
With over 754,900 unemployed men across Canada, the need to help unemployed Canadian men is very real. Moores Clothing for Men, Canada's largest specialty menswear retailer continues to assist underprivileged men seeking jobs through its annual Canadian Suit Drive.
Moores' Canadian Suit Drive gives suits and clothing donations to men seeking to turn their lives around, setting them on the road to gainful employment. This year's Suit Drive could not come at a better time with latest Statistics Canada data placing national unemployment figures at 7.5%. That number can go up to as much as 10% in some regions of Canada where jobs are scarce.
"We'd like to help 50,000 Randy Wallises and it starts by giving people the tools they need to build self-confidence. We believe that providing men with appropriate clothing to wear to an interview or in a business environment gives them the dignity and self-assurance to become productive members of society. That not only helps them personally, but also helps their families and local communities" says Mark Neutze, Executive Vice President at Moores Clothing For Men.
This is the fourth year of Moores' Canadian Suit Drive. Since 2009, Moores has helped over 100,000 men facing barriers to employment through their work with over 60 recipient organizations across Canada.
From July 1-31, Canadians can donate their gently used men's suits, shirts, jackets, pants, ties, belts and shoes at any of Moores over 100 stores across Canada. Collected items will go directly to local organizations providing job readiness programs for men seeking employment. As a token of appreciation, donors will receive 50% off their next purchase* from Moores. For more information, visit www.canadiansuitdrive.com, follow us on Twitter @MooresSuitDrive and "Like" us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MooresClothing.
* Restrictions apply. See coupon for details.
About Moores Clothing For Men
Launched in 1980, Moores Clothing for Men is the leading national retailer of men's business attire in Canada with over 100 stores. Moores' stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories in exclusive and non-exclusive merchandise brands. Moores is also the largest provider of tuxedo rentals in Canada. For additional information on Moores Clothing for Men, please visit www.mooresclothing.com.
Image with caption: "Buff models took to the streets in four cities across Canada today to encourage Canadians to clean out their closets and transform their gently used business wear into a second chance for deserving men facing barriers to employment (CNW Group/Moores' Canadian Suit Drive)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130702_C4203_PHOTO_EN_28719.jpg
SOURCE: Moores' Canadian Suit Drive
For further information:
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