A Sussex Technical High School student is holding a hair drive to benefit women battling cancer on May 17. The public is invited to donate hair from 11:40 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the high school, 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

The drive, in its second year, is the brainchild of senior Sophie Hanenfeld of Seaford. Several years ago, she donated 10 inches of her hair in memory of her late grandmother, who had breast cancer.

“Once I donated, I became so inspired,” Hanenfeld said. “I wanted to get others involved in this amazing cause, and this drive just grew from that.”

Last year’s drive collected 17 ponytails, enough to be made into two wigs for women who may lose their own hair due to cancer treatments. Hanenfeld is partnering with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to create the wigs, and is working to make this an annual event that continues after she graduates in June.

Donors should have at least eight inches of hair to donate, pulled back in a ponytail, clean and dry. No permanently dyed or grey hair is accepted. Sussex Tech’s cosmetology students will cut and collect the ponytails and then trim and style the donor’s hair, a process that takes about an hour.

Donors need to check in at the high school’s main entrance and have a government-issued photo ID.