Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the Doghouse Barber Shop at 121 West Main St. in Leitchfield.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the Doghouse Barber Shop at 121 West Main St. in Leitchfield.

Grace Heaverin is collecting school supplies for any child who is in need in Grayson County.

The school supplies are collected for kindergarten through 12th grade and will be given to any local child who may not otherwise be able to purchase their own supplies.

Heaverin is collecting everything from pencils and glue sticks to backpacks and binders.

According to Heaverin, she got the idea for the school supply donation drive from her cousin who has done one in Louisville for the last two years. She said her cousin was able to help about 500 kids last year.

"I thought it was a great idea and our community could use it, too," she said.

There are school supply lists available for the elementary schools on the Facebook event page Backpack Donation Drive or at Walmart. For middle and high school students, Heaverin asks for donations of anything they might need including backpacks, binders, folders, paper, pencils, pens, etc.

Donations are being stored at The Doghouse Barbershop at 121 West Main St. in Leitchfield until the supplies are picked up by the families or delivered to them. Supplies can be dropped off on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

If you know of a child that needs help getting school supplies, contact Amanda Grace Heaverin on Facebook.

"Everybody falls on hard times. It happens," she said.

Heaverin wants parents and children to know that they will be kept confidential, and anyone can sign a kid up, so if your neighbor or friend needs help with school supplies, you can sign them up and pick up the supplies when they are ready.

As of Wednesday, Heaverin said the storage closet at The Doghouse Barbershop had enough supplies for 10 children, plus extra random supplies in a box.

According to Jeff Arnoldy, of The Doghouse Barbershop, several businesses have donated money, which they used to buy school supplies.

If you want to help, you can buy a kid's entire supply list or donate random supplies.

Heaverin said that all of the supplies that are left after all of the kids on her lists have been helped will be spread out amongst the schools after the first week.

"Just in case there are any last minute supply needs," she said.

Heaverin said that at last count there were 62 children on her list, and 28 of them were sponsored by people wanting to take care of the entire supply list. She said she will continue to accept kids until July 25 to insure all of them are taken care of unless there is a dire need after that.

She hopes to have all of the supplies collected and dispersed by Aug. 1, so the kids are prepared for the first day of school.