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Suit drive - a major success!

Published:Monday | April 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Scotiabank volunteers sorting clothing. - Contributed

More than 100 suits were donated to the March 27 Dress for Success, Jamaica's first suit drive. The aim was to get donations to outfit women who are looking to launch their careers, but needed a suit to make that first impression lasting.

Angela's Boutique was the venue where donors bearing suits, separates, and accessories came in a show of solidarity. Each piece was ready to be worn by a lucky recipient to her first job interview. More than 100 pieces were collected.

Debbie Clue, manager, corporate social responsibility and public affairs, Scotiabank, and her team of volunteers exceeded all expectations. They were on hand to receive all donations, and to ensure all pieces were carefully hung. The organisers also brought donations from their colleagues at the bank.

Perfect hosts

Angela Neita, owner of the store, and her team were the perfect hosts. Sarah Dunn and Richard Mowatt of Lascelles Wines and Spirits dispensed glasses of wine.

Jeanette Lewis of the Mothers Group donated several pieces from the wardrobe of her late mother, Jean Lewis, former managing director of Lindo Foote Cone and Belding, in her memory. All shoes were still in their respective boxes.

"We are grateful to the women of corporate Jamaica who, so willingly and cheerfully, gave not only from their wardrobes but their hearts;" said Yulit Gordon.

The event was successful. Dress For Success Jamaica salutes all Jamaican women for having a giving heart.