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

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News UPDATE!

The MHS Key Club is pleased to announce that the MHS Caring Closet will be opening earlier than planned!

Thanks to the generosity of community members, staff, and students, the Caring Closet is well stocked and ready to go.

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 before school, after school, or during periods 5-7.

>> Click here for an order form that can be filled out

We will continue to accept donations throughout the school year. For a list of suggested items, scroll down!

We also still have the match challenge ongoing from an anonymous local sponsor who would like to match up to $300 from another local business or sponsor! If you are interested in participating in this match challenge, contact Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us or call her at the school, 664-9051. 



Originally posted Sept. 26, 2018

The Marion High School Key Club is starting a Caring Closet 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!

The service-focused student organization aims to have the Caring Closet open by Nov. 5, and 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.
 

>> NOTE: We have an anonymous local sponsor who would like to match up to $300 from another local business or sponsor! If you are interested in participating in this match challenge, 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!) Eventually, the club would like to have fresh fruits available as well, but for now shelf-stable items are requested.

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.