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 for job interviews and to work. This year, organizers have tweaked the title to "Suited for Successful Families" and have expanded their 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 that serve domestic-violence and sexual-assault victims, 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.
The Department of General Services, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer's Office, the Commission on Teaching Credentials, the Folsom Police Department, the City of Folsom, First 5 California, and the Office of Emergency Services also are participating.
Sacramento businesses Chicory Coffee at 1131 11th St. and Vallejo's Restaurant at 1100 O St. have set up collection bins to take donations from the public.
PHOTO: From left: Christina Robleto, Officer Cyndi Mitchell, Sgt. Andy Mayo (all from the California Highway Patrol) and Victim Compensation Program Outreach & Communications Coordinator Anne Gordon load women's clothing to take to WEAVE's thrift store in this October 2011 picture. Courtesy California Victim Compensation Program