Franklin, TN (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
The Tom James Company, the world’s largest manufacturer and direct retailer of custom men’s clothing, has extended their ongoing program of clothing donations to benefit Sandy victims.
“We’ve been inspired by our clothiers in New York City, New Jersey, Baltimore, St. Louis and all across the country,” said Michele Stephens, Director of Marketing for Tom James. “They collect gently used suits and professional wear to benefit college students and underprivileged men and women seeking placement in the workforce. This fall we are directing these fine suits to Sandy victims in the Northeast.”
When Sandy hit, the people at the corporate offices of Tom James discussed various ways to help. The model of clothing donations made a lot of sense so they reached out to various agencies in New York and New Jersey.
Tom James clothiers all across the US are working through their clients to help them clean out their closets for those donations. In turn, they’ll send the items they collect to the Goodwill Industries stores in New Jersey and New York. That fits in perfectly to the mission of Goodwill.
“We focus on helping get people to work,” said Juli Lundberg, Public Relations Manager for Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. “We’re expecting an influx of people needing a job. Many of our local businesses were destroyed, putting people out of work. Your generous clothing donation will certainly help those people who need to return to work.”
Martha Gotwals, of the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Goodwill Industries said their store is offering victims a chance to ‘purchase’ $50 worth of clothing for free. “We’ve been doing what we can to help people get back on their feet.”
The Salvation Army of New York City will also receive some of the items. Though most of their relief efforts utilize existing inventory, the receipt of this clothing could help to serve those who have FEMA vouchers for clothing and household items.
Tom James President, Todd Browne stated, “We have a culture of giving. Our mission is – ‘We Build People and People Build our Companies.’ This culture is carried out in everything we do. Nowhere is this more evident than in our efforts to help people in need.”
“We feel we have a duty to help,” said Stephens. “And the opportunity to work with a great organization like Goodwill Industries at a time of national tragedy gives us great confidence our donations will reach the right hands. We are honored to be a part of it.”
Professionals are invited to contact their local Tom James office to make arrangements for pick up. For a complete list of stores and locations, consult: http://www.TomJames.com/locations. All types of clothing are needed, with a special request for warm clothing and outerwear.
Tom James operates 109 offices in 37 US states and 5 countries. It owns and operates 3 worsted woolen mills, 8 tailoring facilities and factories and is proud to say 95% of its finished clothing products are made in the USA.
For more information, consult http://www.tomjames.com.