9-Year-Old Girl Builds Shelters And Grows Food For The Homeless

Jun 11, 2015 By Christi Mulligan

Hailey Fort might only be 9 years old, but she is already making a difference. When Hailey was 5, she and her mother, Miranda, crossed paths with a homeless man in their hometown of Bremerton, Washington. Like many young children, Ms. Fort had questions, but she didn't stop once she had the answers her mother provided.

Instead, she insisted that her mom buy him a sandwich (which her mother happily did) and as they left Edward that day, she recognized that it was only the beginning. And so, her passion began.

Since then, Fort's empathy, compassion and will to help have only grown. She now spends her spare time building mobile shelters for the homeless, growing food to give away, fundraising for her projects and even getting donations from businesses, so she can provide toiletries to those she helps.

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Fort shared with King 5 News that she builds the shelters “so then you don’t get rained on and you feel safe and stay dry.” “It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people,” Fort continued, “I think everyone should have a place to live.”

Company donations help her in her work, as each shelter costs around $300 to build. She does get support and guidance from her parents, but Fort completes most of the construction herself.

The materials she is fundraising for help to provide an 8x4-foot structure with a door, roof and small window. The insulation she uses is actually recycled denim, and the pallet also has wheels so the homes can be easily moved.

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This year alone, Fort's goal is to grow 250 pounds of food to feed to the homeless, build 12 shelters and deliver thousands of toiletry items to those who need support.

She has established her own GoFundMe campaign and has created an Amazon "wedding registry" for necessary items.


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