With thousands of women unable to secure employment because they lack the resources to take the initial yet vital step of looking presentable for a job interview, dressbarn (NASDAQ:ASNA) is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Dress for Success to gather more than 60,000 articles of clothing as part of its SOS – Send One Suit – Weekend donation drive.
This year’s clothing drive, which runs March 1-4, marks the 10th consecutive year dressbarn and Dress for Success have partnered to help women in need receive professional business attire. All 825 dressbarn stores across the nation, including dressbarn stores in the Brentwood area, will serve as drop-off sites for new or gently used professional attire including suits, dress shirts, blazers, pants, dresses and shoes to benefit women seeking to transition into the workforce.
“Since the inception of the Send One Suit campaign 10 years ago, we have helped more than 125,000 women across the country gain a renewed sense of self, as well as economic-stability,” said Vivian Behrens, EVP and chief marketing officer at dressbarn. “Ask any of those women and I’m sure they’ll say the donations they received were more than just gestures of good will – they were lifelines. It is our hope that now, more than ever, people will help us in our quest to turn secondhand suits into second chances.”
More than 51,000 professional items of clothing were collected at last year’s Send One Suit donation drive. This year, dressbarn would like to collect more than 60,000 pieces of professional attire, a pace of 15,000 items per day.
“Our corporate fabric is tightly woven by our philanthropic efforts,” Behrens added. “And SOS Weekend is an exemplary piece of that ensemble, brightening the lives of women everywhere.”
In gratitude for donor generosity, all 825 dressbarn stores will offer donors an additional 15 percent savings on their total purchase. A complete list of stores can be found at www.dressbarn.com.
A division of Ascena Retail Group Inc., dressbarn is a leading national women’s specialty apparel retailer offering quality casual, career and special occasion fashions. dressbarn stores carry styles in sizes 4 to 24, as well as shoes and accessories. Today, dressbarn operates over 825 stores in 47 states. For store information and to shop online, visit www.dressbarn.com.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international nonprofit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 110 cities in 13 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 600,000 women work toward self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit www.dressforsuccess.org.