Children can often get messy, playing in the mud and enjoying the outdoors during the winter months.
They also tend to arrive at school in clothing that is not well suited for the weather.
That's why the Sunnyside schools are in need of donations for their emergency clothing banks, according to Washington Elementary School Counselor Linda Ihler.
She recently wrote a letter to Santa, asking for used or new coats and sweatpants, and new underwear. She told Santa that the elementary schools need clothing sizes 6-14.
"A lot of our kids don't have coats and they keep having accidents and need to be changed," Ihler said, stating youngsters tend to get messy when outside.
Other children, she said, come to school in shorts because they don't own any warm clothing for winter temperatures.
Ihler said the schools depend on the generosity of the community and each school is experiencing clothing shortages.
"There are a lot of children in need," she said.
Ihler said donations of underwear must be new because of state regulations.
"All the elementary schools have clothing banks and we are all in need," she said.
Donations may be dropped off at the Sunnyside School District office on South Sixth Street. Ihler said to specify which school the donation is for.
Community members wishing to drop off donations directly at a school may do so on or after Monday, Jan. 7.
"It's your choice which school you decide to help," she said.