Local Oak Hill woman starts nonprofit Facebook group to help those in need

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Keri Jarvis is using her time and resources to get donations to those that need them the most. Javaris started a Facebook group called The Community Closet. She posts pictures of various items that were donated to her. The items posted in the group are available to anyone that needs them for free.

“We give everything away for free. We’ll go to yard sales, and people will call me, and if they want to make donations, we’ll go pick it up. We sort through everything by size, bag it up. We’ll take pictures of the items and list them, and when people post either want or need in the group, they can come to pick it up,” said Jarvis.

The nonprofit helps anyone in need and is not only limited to clothing. Jarvis says anything that can fit in her car or can be dropped off at her house will be featured in the Facebook group.

“We take clothes, gently used shoes, books, toys, household items, knickknacks, baby stuff, and small furniture,” said Jarvis.

Jarvis says since starting the Facebook group five years ago; she can’t remember how many people she has helped.

“I read when we first moved up here that West Virginia was one of the poorest states in the country, so people are working their butts off and still need stuff and their kids need stuff too, I mean why not help them,” said Jarvis.

Although the Facebook group has over 400 members and continues to grow, Jarvis says Community Closet is still getting off the ground, and donations are much appreciated.

“It’s run entirely off donations; if I don’t have any donations coming in, then I can’t help anybody or I can’t give anything away. It’s based solely on people that want to help other people,” said Jarvis.

If you would like to donate items to Community Closet, you can reach Keri Jarvis at (304) 663-2282.