This 9-year old builds shelters from wood and recycled denim, grows food for homeless
Hailey Fort at work. (Source: Facebook/ Hailey's harvest page)
Written by Ananya Das | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2015 10:34 pm
“I learned that being homeless can be dangerous because you don’t know if people are going to hurt you. There shouldn’t be that many homeless people. This summer I hope to make a small mobile sleeping shelter that would keep the owner safe and dry.”
No, these are not the words of any politician. But come from a 9-year-old girl named Hailey Fort, of Washington, United States of America, who has taken upon herself the responsibility of giving homeless people mobile shelters.
It all started when she was 5 years old. At that tender age, it broke Hailey’s heart to see a homeless man and went ahead to help him.
Ever since, that’s what Hailey’s been doing – helping the homeless with her mom. And that’s not all, she even grows food and provides toiletries for them. Billy Ray was the first person she donated food to from her garden. He is a double amputee from his time in the military.
Hailey said that the first shelter will be for her friend Edward, who is facing a hard time after losing his job at a local supermarket.
Her goal for the year is to grow 250 pounds of fresh food, build 12 shelters and donate 1000 toiletries/feminine hygiene products, as well as handing out books.
Hailey needs a total amount of $300- for recycled denim insulation, roofing, a window, and all the other stuff- to build a nice, safe mobile sleeping shelter.
The young girl gets help from several organisations and also receives a lot of community support. She received a $3,000 grant from Together Rising and momastery.com for her efforts. She also gets a discount of 50% in materials provided by the Silverdale Lowes Hardware store.