Scantily clad men push for donated clothes

HOLLYWOOD

You just never know who or what you're going to run into on Hollywood Boulevard: Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse or perhaps a Transformer. But Wednesday, the big-screen characters had a little competition from some well-built young men walking around in their boxer shorts.

"I thought it was a boycott on a strip club or something," said tourist Debbie Engle.

They were not dressed in much really, just underwear, socks and ties, but the crowd seemed to be digging the look, and more so when they found out what was behind the show and tell: a campaign to collect used suits for the unemployed.

"The unemployment rate has been really, really bad, as everyone knows, and a lot of the reason that people can't get jobs is because they don't have something to actually wear to their interview," said Adam Roll, Men's Wearhouse.

"I think it's fabulous. I think it's a good idea," said tourist Kathy Brudder. "There are so many hurting people right now. Everybody needs a hand right now."

The month-long nationwide suit drive is sponsored by the Men's Wearhouse. The message: "Give the suit off your back," or anything else you might have in your closet. The goal is to collect 110,000 pieces of clothing.

"A lot of people are kind of hesitant to give out money, or don't give their time, but there's a lot of people sitting out there right now that have an old suit or shirt sitting in a closet that all they've got to do is stop by the store, drop it in," said Roll.

Local charities will take it from there, distributing the donated clothing to those who need it.

So while there was a seriously good cause behind the parade of muscles on Hollywood Boulevard Wednesday, there's no denying that it's the way the message was delivered that got a lot of attention.

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