At Kansas State University’s Career Closet, dressing for success is always in style.
“A lot of students tell me they came to college thinking they wouldn’t need professional clothing,” said LaToya Farris, chair of the Career Closet at the university’s career and employment services. “Because they are often unprepared, they appreciate the fact that they can get nice professional clothing for free.”
The Career Closet provides students with free, gently used professional attire for upcoming career fairs, interviews and jobs. Students shop the Career Closet for free, but monetary donations or canned goods are accepted with all proceeds benefiting 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.
“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, both men’s and women’s clothing are needed. All sizes are accepted and current fashions are preferred.
For those in Manhattan area, clothing items can be dropped off at Holtz Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals outside of the Manhattan area or with schedule conflicts can make other arrangements by contacting Farris at email@example.com.