Mobilizing people to engage in positive and meaningful change.

The Closet Of Hope

About The Carolyn Dalzell Closet of Hope

The FRN became aware in 2013 that there was a need in the local area for health and hygiene items for families who were struggling to afford them. Research has shown that there is a link between food security and the ability to purchase other non-food basic essentials. Those struggling with food security are often also struggling to obtain necessary health and hygiene items. While services focusing on food distribution are already established in Marshall County, typically the priority is on food products and not other household essentials. In response to this, the FRN was able to establish the Carolyn Dalzell Closet of Hope in January 2014, named after longtime FRN Board member and community leader who lost her battle with cancer while the Closet of Hope was being established. The Closet speaks to her spirit of giving and continues her legacy of helping others in need. The mission of the Closet of Hope is to provide these needed resources to families and children in order to improve outcomes and reduce barriers that a lack of personal care items can create.

Since its inception, the Closet of Hope has brought in over $238,400 worth of product, and has distributed over 51,100 items, serving over 18,000 individuals. The FRN obtains product for the Closet of Hope through variety of avenues, one of which is donations made by local community members or organizations. To find out ways to support the work of the Closet of Hope, please see the Donate page.

Major Initiatives of the Closet of Hope:

The following provides a brief overviews of projects implemented through the Closet of Hope from April 2016-March 2017.

  • Kids’ Zone at DHHR
    • Provision of toys, books, and other items to be given out to children in contact with DHHR
    • Revamped children’s waiting area and provided children’s furniture, toys, books, organizational and decorative items
  • The Purse Project
    • Provided 100 purses and $12,000 to local organizations in Marshall County who serve women
  • Carry On
    • 32 backpacks containing personal hygiene and comfort items given to the local DHHR office for distribution to children aged 0-17
  • Community Wide Food Drive
    • 9,100 pounds of food were collected and distributed to 12 recipient organizations that provide food related assistance in Marshall County
  • Back to School Fun Fair
    • Distributed oral care products for adults, children and infant to 1,300 attendees
    • Facilitated $10,000 Chevron sponsorship for backpacks, pencil cases, and highlighters
  • Mini Hygiene Closets
    • Established at local schools and organizations, which were provided with assortments of travel-sized hygiene items for distribution
  • Healthy Classroom Essentials
    • 32 lice kits (including lice elimination kits, shampoo, conditioner, print materials, garbage bags, tissues, and hand sanitizer) were given to the Marshall County School Administration to be distributed to Marshall County schools and the Parent Educator Resource Center for distribution to families in need of these items
  • Christmas Gift Distribution
    • 162 teen hygiene gift bags and food bags provided to Marshall County middle and high schools for distribution
    • Greenbrier Dream Tree recipient- received 280 gifts for children which were also included in the teen gift bags
    • Christmas hygiene baskets for Benwood-McMechen Housing Authority
    • Adopt-A-Grandparent hygiene stockings with Sharon Welsch
  • The Giving Tree
    • Winter Weather Accessories
      • Over 700 items, including hats, gloves, and scarves were distributed to local residents
    • Prevention Packages
      • 200 bags containing informational print materials on prevention topics, sunscreen, antibacterial wipes, and a children’s coloring book on healthy habits with crayons distributed to individuals
  • Yoobi School Supply Boxes
    • 58 Yoobi school supply boxes, valued at $445 each, were distributed to McNinch, Central, and Center-McMechen elementary schools, which were given to each grade level teacher
  • Literacy Initiative
    • Snuggle and Read
      • Provided DHHR staff with 18 packages that contain age appropriate books, pajamas, and literacy print
  • Various donations to local organizations: Marshall County Schools, Benwood-McMechen Housing, Marshall County Animal Shelter, Wellspring Pregnancy Center, Department of Health and Human Resources, House of the Carpenter II, CASA, Moundsville Police Department, YWCA Wheeling


Marshall County Family Resource Network
1501 Second Street, Moundsville, WV 26041
Phone: (304) 845-3300
Fax: (304) 845-3360
Contact us!

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

© 2015, Marshall County Family Resource Network.
Site design by Wheelhouse Creative