MHS Caring Closet seeks donations to help meet student needs

Publish Date: 08/26/2019

The Marion High School Key Club is ready to start their Caring Closet back up for the new school year, to help students who find themselves in need. Many of us take the basics for granted, but going without them is a reality for too many. The Key Club helps fill those gaps!

The service-focused student organization will accept donations throughout the school year to keep it running. Donations will be accepted during school / office hours. Marion High School students and staff can drop donations off with Ms. Vermilion, Key Club sponsor, in Room 2-46. Anyone outside the school who would like to help, including MCS staffers, families, and community members, can drop donations off at the District Office at MHS, inside Door 22 to the west of the main entrance.

Requested donations include personal care items and shelf-stable foods. Scroll down for a longer list of specific suggestions. (If you would like to make a monetary gift instead, contact Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us or call her at the school, 664-9051.) 

The club hopes to have the Caring Closet reopened by Sept. 9.

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. Its core values also include caring and inclusiveness. At Marion High School, the Key Club takes on projects each year to make a positive impact on their school and their community. 

Marion Community Schools and Marion High School are proud of our students’ compassion and activism in support of fellow students and their families. Learning goes beyond the classroom, and this is just one example of the opportunities offered at MCS for students to grow into real-world, life-ready Giants, ready to make a difference in the world.

Here's a list of suggested items, to give you ideas of what to bring in for the Caring Closet. (Donations are not limited to these items. This list is just to give you a general idea of what sorts of things are most needed!) 

Personal care items such as:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Soap (hand, body, dish, and laundry)
  • Menstrual hygiene products
  • Wound-care ointments and sprays (Bactine, etc.)
  • Bandages (Band-Aids, etc.)
  • Combs, hairbrushes
  • Lip balm


Shelf-stable food such as:

  • Pull-top or other easy-open canned or packaged vegetables, beans, meat or fish, soups, stews, etc.
  • Individual fruit cups or packages of dried fruit
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) juice boxes (100% fruit juice is best)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) soy / nut / seed milk
  • Bottled or canned water
  • Plastic silverware
  • Peanut butter or other nut or seed butters
  • Jams and jellies
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts (cashew, almond, etc.) or seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower)
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara, enchilada, other assorted cans and pouches of sauces that help make meal prep quick and easy)
  • Cereal / granola
  • Rice and other grains (steam and eat and boil in bag pouches are nice!)
  • Tea bags (green and herbal teas are great)
  • Dried herbs / spices / seasonings