Meet The 9 Year Old Girl That Builds Shelters & Grows Food For The Homeless

Hailey Fort from Washington Sate was only 5 years old when she noticed a homeless man near her home. She couldn’t comprehend the idea of someone not having a home, so she asked her mother if she could try to help him out.

That is exactly what she has been doing for the past 4 years (with a little bit of help from her parents). She was taught how to build simple shelters. By the end of this year, she plans to have 12 shelters built.

Meetings with Bremerton City Council, have determined how to provide this charitable service without causing any issues.

Hailey has got other projects on the go too! One of Which is growing fruit and vegetables with the inattention of supplying homeless people with goo healthy food. She has harvested and delivered over 110 pounds of fruit and vegetables according to her most recent update on her Facebook page ”Hailey’s Harvest.”

Hailey thinks of all the homeless people she helps as friends, and that’s where her motivation and drive comes from. 

Her mother said:

”Hailey is repeatedly told that she can stop at any time but she continues because this is her passion. I think a lot has to do with setting such high goals and then the rush she gets when she meets them.”

In Addition to the above, Hailey also conducts coat drives, and she also gives toiletries to the area’s homeless population. 

Hailey’s GoFundMe page has raised almost $60,000 to date (April 21 2016), That’s a huge amount more than her original goal of $1000. Now that’s got to restore faith in humanity.

The average cost of building a shelter is $300 per unit. This cost is kept down because of the generosity of the local community. Also, costs are kept low using wood from pallets for the main structure and various recycled materials for insulation. For those of you thinking these are basic sheds you’re mistaken! These shelters have got a nice homely feel and all have curtains, drywall, siding, solar powered lighting, vinyl flooring and even have a locking mechanism.

Hailey’s father, said Hailey’s and her Mother’s selflessness:

“comes from a place which seems foreign to most but seems completely natural to them.”

“It is no surprise to me that Hailey is this selfless with Miranda as an example, I am immensely proud of the contributions Hailey has made and will continue to make to her community. I just hope we, as parents, can do enough to satiate her desire to help those in need.”

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