in Farmington Hills has launched its fifth “Shirts Off Our Backs: From Our Closet to Yours” clothing drive, with a record-breaking collection goal of 500 items by Nov. 1.
The new goal was set to honor the company's five-year partnership with the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO). Since 2007, co-owners Ron Elkus and Rod Brown have partnered with NSO of Detroit to collect and donate thousands of gently used articles of men’s clothing and shoes in an effort to assist unemployed metro-Detroit men prepare for future interviews.
“We take pride in the generosity of our customers who work with us to provide the men of metro Detroit clothing that makes them feel prepared and confident in their job search,” Elkus said. “It is our goal to supply men in need with the appropriate clothing that can bring about success in the workplace, or helpthem land a new job.”
With donations from The Shirt Box, NSO created and maintains Joe’s Closet, a shop that provides free clothing and accessories to men in need, who are often seeking business attire for job interviews, or recently employed but unable to afford the proper attire. In addition to NSO’s consumers, hundreds of men each year benefit from the clothing drive through non-profit organizations such as Jewish Vocational Services, Freedom House and New Day.
Bring gently used, clean dress shirts, slacks, ties and sports coats to The Shirt Box Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Anyone in need of clothing should contact the Neighborhood Service Organization at 313-961-4890.
For more information about the clothing drive, call The Shirt Box, 248-851-6770.