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Community helps Haysville women break pencil collection world record

Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 9:04 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2020 at 4:17 PM CDT
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HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: A 20-year-old Haysville woman has been the world record thanks to donations from across the country and even the world.

Shawna Duff said her daughter, Lexi, is on the autism spectrum. When the pandemic hit, Lexi wasn’t able to go to day camp, but her mother says the pencil collection helped keep the 20-year-old busy. Now, it’s going to put her into the record books.

When we first introduced you to Lexi she had 6,000 pencils and needed 14,000 more to break the world record of 19,800. In a week, Lexi has surpassed the record by collecting more than 37,400 pencils.

Shawna said any pencils that Lexi receives now will help make it harder for anyone to beat Lexi’s record. Most importantly, she says she’s grateful for all of the community support her daughter has received to help reach her goal.

You can follow Lexi’s story on Facebook: Lexi’s World Record Progress

Posted by Lexi’s World Record Progress on Monday, September 7, 2020

A Haysville woman trying to break the world record for having the most pencils is receiving an overwhelming response from the community.

Lexi Duff, 20, has been working for six years to collect the most pencils in the world.

Last Thursday, Lexi’s mom, Shawna put out a call on social media to ask for pencils for her daughter to help her break the world record, and so she can visit her favorite comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Since Friday, Lexi has been busy going to the post office. All weekend she received tubs of boxes full of pencils. Her mom said they still have pencils to count, but on Sunday alone she received more than 6,000 pencils.

The packages are coming from all over the country and the world.

“I have a friend from Okanawa, and I know we had some sent from there.” Said Shawna.

Shawna said the response from the community has been unexpected.

“There’s this lady today that got a hold of me,” Said Shawna. “Her dad used to have a pencil collection, an excessive pencil collection, and she wants to give it to Lexi.”

She said she is grateful for those helping Lexi out.

“It’s cray to me that so many people are helping. It’s amazing,” Said Shawna. “She has smiled more this week than she has in a long time.”

If you would like to help her break the world record, you can send your pencils to Lexi Duff, P.O. Box 15, Haysville, KS, 67060. You can also drop-off the pencils at the Haysville Public Library.

You can also follow Lexi’s journey at Lexi’s World Record Progress.

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (KWCH) - A Haysville woman is trying to break the world record for having the most pencils, but she needs your help to do it.

Lexi Duff, 20, has been working for six years to collect the most pencils in the world. She has around 6,000, but she needs about 14,000 more to reach her goal. From different colors and designs to all kinds of sizes, she will take them.

Lexi is on the autism spectrum, according to her mom, Shawna. She said Lexi’s collection has been a great way to keep her mind busy throughout the years but even more during the pandemic.

“I thought maybe it would be a fun thing for her,” said Shawna. “She usually goes to a day program, and she hasn’t been able to go since March.”

Over the last six years, Lexi Duff has collected more than 6,000 pencils.
Over the last six years, Lexi Duff has collected more than 6,000 pencils.(KWCH)

Shawna said teachers at the Haysville Middle School made a big contribution to her daughter at the end of the school year.

“On the last day, one of the teachers Mrs. Speers told her that they’re going to go dumpster dive through all the kids’ lockers, that left things in the lockers, so she went and she got to keep all of the pencils,” said Shawna.

She decided to start a pencil drive for Lexi on Facebook. The community has rallied behind Lexi to help her reach her goal. Now, people all over the world are sending Lexi pencils.

If you would like to help her break the world record, you can send your pencils to Lexi Duff, P.O. Box 15, Haysville, KS, 67060.

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