Casa de los Ninos in need of summer clothes donations - Tucson News Now

Casa de los Ninos in need of summer clothes donations

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Due to an increase in the number of children at the facility and a seasonal slow down of donations, Casa de los Ninos is asking for the public's help.  They are in need of summer clothing for the children housed at their shelter. The crisis shelter at Casa de los Ninos has 48 beds for children from birth to 12 years old.  

"The children placed in our shelter have gone through so much, they have been removed from their homes, families and everything that is familiar to them.  The children are brought to us with very few items, maybe a favorite stuffed animal or blanket and wearing only the clothes on their back," said Casa de los Ninos shelter supervisor, Oralia Anda.  

Casa de los Ninos receives many clothing donations during the holiday season, according to a recent release, but this clothing is generally jackets, sweaters and pants, clothes that the shelter residents are not able to wear during the hot summer months.  

"From the moment they walk through our doors we want to help the children feel safe and comfortable. Many of our children have low self esteem and struggle with negative self-image," said Anda in a recent release. "We have found that having new clothing available for the children is a powerful tool in helping them begin the process of improving their self-perception. For many of the children this will be the first time they have ever had a new shirt to wear."  

The shelter has had to do away with adding a new outfit to the 'discharge' bag they packed for the children when they left the facility, due to the lack of clothing.  

Donations of new summer clothing, from size 0 to 18, like t-shirts, shorts, light pants are being asked for, as well as school uniform items like navy, burgundy collared shirts and tan pants/shorts size 7 to 12).  They can be dropped off at the Casa de los Ninos Administration Offices at 1101 N. 4th Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information please call 624-5600. 

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