Colored pencils. Glue stick. Pencil case.

The list for back to school items can add up, and not everyone has the money on hand to ready their children for class.

This year, Welcome Warehouse -- a nonprofit organization providing support to Dublin and Dublin City School District families who are financially struggling - provided new school supplies to about 450 students.

About a third of those supplies were donated by Dublin Jerome High School senior Garrett White.

He aided Welcome Warehouse's school supplies drive as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Each school supply kit contains about 15 items, and are tailored for elementary, middle and high school students from lists provided by the Dublin City School District, said Jean Griffith,Welcome Warehouse executive director.

White provided items for elementary school kits, including crayons, binders, colored pencils, pencil cases, folders and glue sticks.

"We want to make sure that as many children as possible are starting school with the things they need," Griffith said.

White, 18, said he was familiar with Welcome Warehouse from volunteering there.

He Said decided he wanted to do something to give back to Indian Run United Methodist Church, which allows his Boy Scout troop to use its facility for their meeting.

Because the Welcome Warehouse free shop is based at the church, he found it fitting to help out there for his Eagle Scout project, White said.

The free shop, Griffith said, provides clothing, shoes, coats and household goods to families in need in the Dublin City School District.

Families are able to visit the store by appointment.

Welcome Warehouse received private donations and a $3,000 Dublin Foundation grant for back-to-school supplies, Griffith said.

Companies and organizations and donations through an online supply drive also helped outfit Welcome Warehouse with items.

White's donation, Griffith said, helped Welcome Warehouse avoid using its own funds to purchase additional supplies, enabling the organization to use that funding to help families with other things.

White said he began collecting supplies June 18 and finished Aug. 3. During those roughly two months, he was thankful for the monetary donations that enabled him to purchase the supplies, he said.

So many families come to the Welcome Warehouse for support, White said.

"It really opened my eyes," he said.

White, a member of Boy Scout Troop 299, was scheduled to attend his board of review for his Eagle classification Aug. 30.

In obtaining his Eagle rank, White will follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, John White, who was also an Eagle Scout.

"That was pretty much my main goal from the beginning," White said.

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