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K-State Today

October 17, 2011

Dress them for success: Career Closet accepting donations of professional clothing for students

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Jeans and a T-shirt may be appropriate for class, but they won't impress many employers. That's when it's time to check out the Career Closet, a service of Kansas State University's career and employment services that provides students with free gently used professional attire for upcoming career fairs, interviews and jobs.

"A lot of students tell me they came to college thinking they wouldn't need professional clothing," said LaToya Farris, Career Closet chair. "Because they are often unprepared, they appreciate the fact that they can get nice professional clothing for free."

While students can shop the Career Closet for free, monetary donations are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Manhattan Emergency Shelter.

Clothing donations are currently being collected as career and employment services prepares for the next round of the Career Closet to begin in the spring. Items needed include suits, slacks, skirts, shirts, blouses, ties and shoes. More than 180 students shopped the third annual Career Closet in September.

"Donated clothing should fall in the business casual to business professional range, which means donations of T-shirts and jeans are not accepted," Farris said.

Donations of men's clothing are especially encouraged; however, women's clothing also is needed. All sizes are accepted.

For those in Manhattan area, clothing items can be dropped off at Holtz Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Individuals outside of the Manhattan area or with schedule conflicts can make other arrangements by contacting Farris at latoyaf@k-state.edu.