A 9-year-old Girl is Building Shelters and Growing Food for Homeless Friends


One young little girl from Washington is making a change in the world. Hailey Fort is only a nine-year-old, but she is changing the lives of people all around her.

According to ABC News, when Hailey was just five years old, she asked her mom if she could help a homeless man she saw in her hometown. Ever since then that’s what Hailey’s been doing – helping the homeless with her mom.

This year, Hailey plans to build 12 mobile shelters for her friends who are not as fortunate as she is. Her friend Edward will receive the first one.

The city is working with the family to ensure that the shelter will be in a permanent location. City officials have said it can be placed on a church lot and a few churches have begun to say they will allow the structure on their property.ABC News reported Hailey also tries to provide food for the people she calls her friends. She hopes to grow 250 pounds of fruits and vegetables for the homeless this year. She documents her progress on a Facebook page titled “Hailey’s Harvest.”

“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,” Hailey’s mom Miranda told ABC News.

In addition to the 12 mobile shelters and 250 pounds of food: 1000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products and 100 coats have been raised. She’s trying to raise $1,000 on her GoFundMe page and is about three-fourths of the way there.

Hailey receives a lot of community support so she is able to make the shelters, which cost about $300, because she gets a lot of items donated from various groups. 

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