A Watauga High School freshman has helped make a difference in the lives of homeless people in Watauga.

High Country Press reports 14 year old Ellary Smith started a GoFundMe fundraiser on November 30 that raised over $1,155 for the local homeless population.

According to the report, Smith was inspired after seeing someone with a sleeping bag set up in the woods off the Greenway. After that, she contacted a group of middle and high school students called the High Country Youth Activists, and decided to create the GoFundMe page.

The original goal was $500, but within a few days, that goal was surpassed and there have been 22 donors and more than $1155 dollars raised, plus additional donations that were given outside of the GoFundMe platform.

Monies were used to purchase wool socks and waterproof sleeping bags and tarps, to be distributed through Hospitality House and the Hunger and Health Coalition.

If you'd like to help, visit GoFundMe.com and search for High Country Youth Activist Fund For The Unhoused.