Mount Canaan Baptist Church to give away free men’s suits Saturday

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 6:50 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Mount Canaan Baptist Church is partnering with Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier for its first annual Suits on Saints clothing drive.

The suit giveaway will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mount Canaan Baptist, located at 1666 Alston St. in Shreveport.

All attendees are encouraged to shop for up to two suits, shirts and neckties that were donated by caring citizens. Not only is there an opportunity for free attire, but also a chance for the first 50 patrons in line to receive a meal ticket for a plate from The Prawn Delight food truck.

If you do not have reliable transportation, Mount Canaan Baptist Church is located on a SporTran bus route, so participants who need a ride should take advantage of the SportTran Zero Fare feature available to all residents in the community.

Officials with the church say this Suits for Saints event will improve the lives of men in the community.

“We always believe when a person looks good, they feel good. This suit giveaway will provide the proper tools for men in our community to be successful in their job search,” said Erica McCain, executive director of Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier.

“So our idea was, as a group of men here at Mount Canaan, we have suits that we’ve grown to be attached to but they no longer fit us. So why not bless somebody else’s life,” said Paul Pratt, co-founder of Suits for Saints.

The outreach Saturday will go beyond suits.

“What we’re trying to do is fulfill a need in the community by impacting men in our communities and say that you are somebody,” Pratt said. “We look at these suits to go a long way. Not only for church, but for job interviews. In fact. we’re going to have a table here with experts that can help with job interviewing skills.”

So far, Pratt said, they’ve received hundreds of donations from the community.

“It really blesses my heart that we’re giving back and so many people felt the need to give back also. So we took a vision and now we’re bringing that vision to fruition.”