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Empowering men through suits

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Different fabric, thread, buttons.

"Always look your best because you never know who you're going to meet and what's going to happen," said Sioux Falls Men's Warehouse store manager, Jonathan Clarey.

But, it's the same feeling when that suit falls over suddenly confident shoulders.

"Finally, when they come out and they have a suit that fits them their whole demeanor changes," said Volunteers of Americas Dakotas chaplain Al Peratt Sr. "There's an aura of pride and freedom."

Men's Warehouse is hoping to collect 119,000 professional clothing items fro men re-entering the workforce.

"If they have gently used shirts, suits, belts, ties, shoes, anything of the sort that a gentleman could possible use to get that self-confidence to go on a job interview," said Clarey.

In this area, Men's Warehouse is partnering with Volunteers of America Dakotas which aims to empower men. Pastor Peratt remembers feeling helpless.

"For me to see this 20 years later bring tears to my eyes because I remember back then when I didn't have any hope. Somebody cared enough to give me a suit."

Men's Warehouse and Volunteers of America do care. They care enough to help these men help themselves.

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