Casa de los Niños’ crisis shelter for abused and neglected children is in dire need of summer clothing donations, caregivers say.

Most donations tend to come during holiday clothing drives, but hot-weather attire is scarce — and the shelter has been operating at full capacity for months.

“We are in desperate need of summer clothing,” said Oralia Anda, shelter supervisor. “We are very lucky we get so many donations during the winter, but of course when summer rolls around, we don’t have anything.”

With nearly 3,400 Pima County children in out-of-home care, and a shortage of foster families, kids are staying in the crisis shelter for months before they find a more permanent placement. The shelter cares for up to 48 children at a time, from birth to age 12.

Many show up at night, with only the clothes on their backs and maybe a stuffed animal, Anda said.

The agency accepts gently used items, but it especially needs new clothing for kids.

With school starting soon, the need for decent clothing is even more pressing.