WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A group of local high school students want to make life easier for residents experiencing homelessness in Palm Beach County.

The EmpowHER Leadership Academy for Girls – a project of the nonprofit organization EmpowHER of the Palm Beaches – has launched a campaign to collect 5,000 pairs of new socks to donate to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County. The campaign began on Black Friday and will culminate on Jan. 1, 2017.

To accomplish this goal, the students, all juniors and seniors, have enlisted the aid of a number of community and youth partners. Drop-off locations for donations include: LA Fitness in CityPlace, West Palm Beach, Northlake, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and Boynton Beach; Primo Shoes in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach; Johnny Longboats on Singer Island; Velocity Community Credit Union in Palm Beach Gardens; Bombshell Clothing in Northwood; the Law Office of Salesia Smith-Gordon in West Palm Beach; Hooks Insurance Agency in Hypoluxo; Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach; and the City of Pahokee.

Donations may also be dropped off to the Leadership Academy’s youth partners, which include: the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society at Santaluces Community High School; the National Honor Society, Key Club and Women of Tomorrow at Palm

Beach Lakes Community High School; the Key Club at Atlantic Community High School; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s (Zeta Tau Omega) Ascend Youth Group; and the Frances J. Bright Debutantes in Delray Beach.

EmpowHER of the Palm Beaches is a nonpartisan organization of women creating change in their communities, in their lives and in the world. The organization has five empowerment focus areas: personal, economic, political, educational and youth development.

For more information, visit www.empowherofthepalmbeaches.org. To arrange a pickup, call 561-336-0498.