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Downtown P.R.O. Wants Your Work Clothes

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 12:32PM
PRO2 Ed Fuentes

A donation box at Old Bank DVD (400 S. Main).

People Reaching Out is a Downtown organization that wants to take your pre-owned professional clothing and use it to help those just getting back on their feet look the part for job interviews. Their second annual clothing drive just kicked off, with donation boxes in nine buildings Downtown and four public drop-off locations.

The group, founded by Peter Davis and Jon Toktas, held its first drive last year. This year's effort is expanded to more buildings, with someone in each of the ten locations having worked with management to secure the ok on placing a donation box in community space.

Seven residential buildings are participating: P.E. Lofts, Manhattan Lofts, the Douglas Building, Security Lofts, City Lofts, Chapman Flats and the Santa Fe Lofts. Additionally, donation boxes are available for tenants of the Oviatt Building and members of the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Those who don't live in a participating building can look for public drop-off boxes at Arda's Cafe (418 W. 6th), Old Bank DVD (400 S. Main), Chanelli Outlet (625 S. Broadway) and Neihule Salon (607 S. Olive).

While the group's website lists a September 30th end date, a delay in getting donation boxes out means that clothing will be accepted through October 7th. Donated clothing will be distributed to homeless shelters and assistance providers.

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