HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Back to school shopping season is here, and can be a difficult time financially for many families. Every year, Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler counties has a community drive to help kids start the school year right. There are 17 local businesses collecting all of the supplies a child could possibly need to be prepared for school.

The school supply drive will end this coming Monday, so organizers are urging the community to get out and donate to help fill backpacks for children in need.

"The backpacks are loaded with notebooks, pens, pencils and crayons. We do have a supply list for age brackets, so that we can try to make it specific. We're able to provide USB's for most of  the older kids as well because that's a huge need. So they take away a nice starter kit to get ready for school, and then parents can add just a couple of things that they might need," says Lindsay Baker, Director of Development of Catholic Charities.

In addition to the local drives, there will be two back to school events in Watkins Glen and Elmira. Registration in Chemung County is full, however there's still room left for Schuyler County's event.

"The event is free. There are community vendors there and we're offering free haircuts. There is a sign up for those, but there might be more room for other kids to get their haircut as well. There's a free meal, there's music, there's entertainment. It's a great family event even if you're not pre-registered to come to," Baker added.

 Lindsay Baker, says a donation as small as a box of crayons can make such a difference for a child in need.

"I think that every kid starting school should have something new. If they aren't able to get new school clothes and all of the extra things that many of us are able to provide, at least they start with a brand new backpack and brand new supplies," Baker says.

Below is a complete list of the local businesses with a supply drive at their location:

-- Catholic Charities, Elmira & Watkins Glen

-- Community Arts of Elmira

-- EOP, Elmira

--Ferrario Ford, Horseheads

--Five Star Bank, Horseheads

--Libraries in Chemung County

--Mr. Panosian's Famous Shoes, Elmira

--M&T Bank, Horseheads

--Parmenter Tire, Auto & Truck Servic, Horseheads, Odessa & Montour Falls 

--The Purple Iris Boutique, Horseheads

--Treu Office Supply & Furniture, Elmira

-- Famous Brands, Watkins Glen

--Quinlan's Pharmacy, Montour Falls

--SPCA, Elmira

--The Hi-Lites, Watkins Glen

--Visions FCU, Watkins Glen

--Watkins Glen Public Library

For other locations and more information, click here.