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The Buzz: Clothing drive to benefit domestic-violence victims

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am

Victims assistance program collects clothing for families

Suiting up for success? California state government and local businesses have started a monthlong campaign to collect clothing for domestic-violence victims and their children.

This is the third year that the California Victim Compensation Program has sponsored the annual benefit during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the past, the “Suited for Success” drive has focused on collecting professional attire for women to wear to job interviews and to work. This year, organizers have tweaked the title to “ Suited for Successful Families,” expanding collection efforts to include new and gently used professional attire for women and men, children’s clothing, diapers and new toys.

Donations collected through Oct. 31 will go to nonprofits serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including WEAVE, My Sister’s House, Plumas Rural Services, A Community For Peace, and the Sacramento Children’s Home.

In 2012, state employees, businesses, legislative staff, and Sacramento residents donated nearly 2,000 suits, slacks, dresses, shoes and belts.

For info on collection sites, visit

– Jon Ortiz

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