Thorndyke Elementary School in Tukwila collecting winter clothing for students

Thorndyke Elementary School students are receiving warm clothing through the Cold to Cozy clothing drive

Already more two dozen items of winter clothing have been donated to Thorndyke Elementary School – and are keeping students there warm.

Thorndyke’s cold-weather clothing drive, called Cold to Cozy, will continue into next year. The school needs coats, gloves or mittens, hats, scarves and rain or winter boots.

Donations can be dropped off at the school, 4414 S. 150th St., Tukwila. The school is closed for winter break, Dec. 17-Jan. 2.

Thorndyke has a diverse student population, with many students not equipped for the Northwest’s winter weather.

“So many of our kids are coming from countries that don’t get this cold,” said Kimberly Goodman, a social worker at Thorndyke, who is helping to organize the drive, along with Tammy Tauiliili and Jill Quy.

Staff members at the school would buy winter clothing at sales for students, but this year the school decided to reach out to the community.

The school would ask its families to donate, too, but they were often the ones who needed the warm clothing, she said.

Last week she outfitted a bunch of Thorndyke students with winter wear.

New clothing is “ideal,” said Goodman, but the drive also accepts gently used clothing that is washed, with no stains.

For more information contact Goodman or Tauiliili at 206-901-7615 or Quy at 206-901-7600.

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