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Bryant & Stratton College gives students, high need communities free interview clothes through Gayle's Closet initiative

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Posted at 4:34 AM, Jan 19, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Bryant & Stratton College in Hampton & Virginia Beach are providing interview clothes for students and the community.

For three years, the Bryant & Stratton has provided free business professional attire for men and women who are in need of appropriate formal wear for interviews through its Gayle’s Closet initiative.

Gayle’s Closet was established in memory of Gayle Cheeks-Harrell, a veteran vocational program director/counselor. Her family's sizable donation of professional clothing to the college kicked off the program in 2019.

Additionally, Cheeks-Harrell's former employer, the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, provided a substantial amount of monetary and clothing donations, which continues to service even more students and community members each year.

Other notable community supporters include Commonwealth Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia.

Bryant & Stratton College accepts community donations at its Virginia Beach campus.

Those interested in donating or stopping by the campuses to peruse the inventory should call the College’s Career Services line at 757-896-6001 (Hampton) or 757-499-7900 (Virginia Beach) to make an appointment and be briefed on the COVID-19 safety precautions required for drop-off and pick up.