Each year the Nashville Predators are fitted for new suits, which means each year, they leave last year's suits behind. Because of that, Predators Centre Austin Watson had the idea to donate the players' old suits to local organizations.
"Some stuff that you're not gonna use right away is gonna be put to good use, and it's gonna be able to help someone that really needs it," Watson said.
Instead of garnering dust in a closet, the suits will be used by people who can't afford new suits, that way they can look their best for job interviews and other important life events.
"Getting donations is exciting, but when you find out that the players have actually gone into their closets and gotten stuff out makes it a little more special for them," Kristen Finch, manager of community relations for the Predators, said. "We have a great group of guys here who are always willing to give back wherever they can."
Predators players serve the community throughout the year off the ice when they're not playing, and Watson said it's all because the Nashville community is what allows them to play a game for a living.
"We’re blessed to play in this community, and anything we can do to give back and help out for those in need, those who may not be as fortunate as us to have a great career and to be able to play a game for a living, it’s always nice for us to be able to give back," Watson said.
Organizations that will receive the clothes collected include Monroe Harding, Room in the Inn, Dismas House, Oasis Center, Project Return, and the Nashville Rescue Mission.