Register O’Donnell’s “Suits for Success” Program Donates to United Parish’s Thrifty Threads

(middle) Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell, and Thrifty Threads volunteers June Benning, Donna Jackson, Adele Pike, and Karina Thompson, hold up the Thrifty Threads banner during a “Suits for Success” donation.

Brookline, MA – Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell donated a carload of smart casual clothing and business attire totaling more than 100 articles of clothing to United Parish’s Thrifty Threads in Brookline through the “Suits for Success” program.

Some people may view the suit or dress clothes as an unfortunate necessity that are kept in the back of the closet and only brought out on rare occasions. However, the high price of a suit can be an insurmountable obstacle for those who are just starting out on the road to success.

 “It’s wonderful to see a donation like this come into Thrifty Threads. It’s going to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Adele Pike, volunteer for Thrifty Threads. “I believe that if people are able to come here and get something they need, then they can put that money they save to good use.”

Thrifty Threads provides clothing to anyone who needs quality attire. Proceeds from the thrift store support United Parish’s outreach and social justice programs. The organization also passes on more than half of the donations it receives to non-profit organizations working directly with people in need.

Register O’Donnell remarked, “We’re happy to assist Thrifty Threads. I thank all those who donated to our ‘Suits for Success’ program, and I hope other local residents and businesses will consider making a clothing donation. The program is truly needed, and it’s a great resource for the community.”

Thrifty Threads has been serving Brookline and surrounding communities in Greater Boston since 1993. They offer quality clothing and housewares at low prices.

Since the Registry started the “Suits for Success” program in February 2009, it has collected and distributed more than 11,500 articles of clothing.

“We support several programs that help individuals prepare for interviews,” said Pike. “We provide backpacks, sweatshirts, jackets/coats, and durable shoes to people experiencing homelessness. We also send business attire to groups that help people transition into the work force.”

The “Suits for Success” program, developed by Register O’Donnell, partners with groups like Interfaith Social Services of Quincy, Father Bill’s & MainSpring of Quincy, the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System Voluntary Service Program, Needham community council, Circle of Hope in Needham, United Parish’s Thrifty Threads, St. Vincent de Paul in Plainville, St. Francis House in Boston, Suits and Smiles in Jamaica Plain, InnerCity Weightlifting, New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts in Walpole, and The Office of Youth Employment and Opportunity of Boston. The mission of “Suits for Success” is to collect donations of suitable clothing to be distributed to individuals and nonprofit organizations who may need appropriate attire for employment interviews.

“During the past decade, we have learned that programs like ‘Suits for Success’ work,” said O’Donnell. “This program has given many people a valuable resource to help them on the path to success and may ultimately help them achieve self-sufficiency.”

Thrifty Threads is located within United Parish, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and is fully operated by a team of dedicated volunteers. Proceeds for the thrift shop support United Parish’s outreach and social justice programs.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.