Six local boutiques are collecting school supplies for students and teachers.

The boutiques, Embellish Boutique, Angelic Boutique & Treasures, Audacious Boutique, Strawberry Moon, Pearls & Curls Boutique and Sundry’s Gifts and More will be collecting the supplies from Wednesday to August 12 at each location.

The following week the boutiques will gather and divide the supplies and send them to area schools. The schools will decide where the supplies go and how it will be used.

Pearls & Curls Boutique Store, owned by Shelby Hobbs, Debbie Hobbs and Kaitlyn Hobbs, and

Embellish Boutique Store Owner Clara Barnes wanted to find a way to give back as small businesses.

“We wanted to find a way to reach out to the community and get everyone involved and help kids in need,” Barnes said.

To have a larger pool of supplies, the team decided to reach out to the other boutiques.

Shelby Hobbs, who is pursuing a degree in special education, said she has seen the need for supplies in schools for both the students and teachers.

She said the schools could use pencils, crayons, markers, hand sanitizer and facial tissues — any school supplies.

“A lot of times teachers spend their own money to buy things for their class,” Hobbs said.

Barnes said each boutique may have their own incentive for encouraging their customers to donate.

Hobbs and Barnes said they hope to drop off supplies to all the areas schools.

“The community has been good to us,” Barnes said. “As a small business in a small town, it is our way to thanks and give back.”

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.