MHS Key Club's Caring Closet now open; donations accepted year-round

Publish Date: 09/09/2021

The MHS Key Club's Caring Closet will open on Sept. 13. The Caring Closet will be open throughout the 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 wants to help fill those gaps!

Any Marion High School student in need of personal hygiene products or who lacks food on the weekends because s/he depends on school breakfast and lunch can access the Caring Closet supplies in Room 2-46. There will be a request form sent out to student emails soon. If you have needs before then, please see Ms. Vermilion in Room 2-46. 

Thanks to the generosity of community members, staff, and students, the Caring Closet is well stocked and ready to go. We will continue to accept donations throughout the school year. For a list of suggested items, scroll down!

(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.) 

Here's a list of suggested items, to give you ideas of what to bring in. (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

Also, instead of throwing away those paper bags (from groceries, restaurants, or even gift bags), consider donating them to the Caring Closet for conveniently distributing items to students who need them!

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. It’s 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. For more information about how you can help support our students’ efforts, please contact club sponsor Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us, or call her at the school, 664-9051.

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.