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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  While the recession is hard on us all, it's hitting men especially hard. Four of five Americans, 82%,  who've lost their jobs are men, and that's created what some call a mancession.

A national retailer is trying to help men get back in the job force and you can help too. In order to spark a "he-covery", Men's Wearhouse is hosting a National Suit Drive during the month of September.

They want you to donate gently used professional attire like suits, jackets and shoes to any Men's Wearhouse location. They'll then be donated to more than 200 charities around the country.

If you're going to dress to impress, a suit may be the best way to do it. "A suit gives you that look of success," said Men's Wearhouse Store Manager Robin Roberts. But that look of success can be expensive, especially if you're out of work. "We knew as a leading retailer, we had the power to change what was happening to unemployed worker and that was through getting gently used professional clothing and so Men's Wearhouse took the lead in that."

That's why they are hosting a national suit drive, encouraging people to donate their gently used professional clothing to any Men's Wearhouse in the country. They'll then pass those items along to job seekers who can't afford to buy them. 

"When you have that, it's a professional look and how you look not only determines how people look at you but how you look at yourself." Getting back on your feet, because others have given the suits off their backs.

Those who donate will get something in return, a 25% off coupon for their next purchase. Women's professional attire is also being accepted. The national suit drive runs through the end of September.

For every suit that's donated, Men's Wearhouse will donate a dress shirt to the cause. 

Click HERE to find out more about the suit drive.

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