Hailey Fort is a 9 year old girl who has a heart of gold. Since the age of 5, she has been helping the homeless in her community. It all started one day when she was out with her mum, Miranda, and saw a homeless man. She asked Miranda if they could buy the man a sandwich and from that point on, Hailey has been investing her time into helping those who need it most. At the age of six, this inspiring child started a garden to contribute edible donations to the local food bank; last year she grew a whopping 128 pounds of fruit and vegetables and plans to donate over 250 pounds this year!
Now at the age of 9, Hailey has expanded her community contributions to include shelters for the homeless- and she builds them completely by herself (with the exception of using power saws). Her grandfather provides her with excellent guidance from his years as a professional contractor. The structures are 8Wx4H feet and most of the construction materials are donated. The remaining necessities that need to be purchased are done so with the $3,000 Hailey has received via her grants from organizations like ‘Together Rising’ and ‘Momastery’, plus the local Lowe’s Hardware store has offered a 50% discount on her supplies. The shelter walls are fabricated from pallets, then insulated with recycled denim jeans. There is a shingled roof, drywall, wooden siding, vinyl flooring, and windows. The buildings have a solar-powered lamp and a locking front door. Hailey plans to build 12 of these shelters in the next year.
When asked why she was interested in doing this type of work, she responded, “It just doesn’t seem right… I think everyone should have a place to live.”
Her first shelter is being made for her friend, Edward, who lost his job at the local supermarket and has since fallen on hard times. Miranda Fort told ABC News, “She [Hailey] went through all of her homeless friends and made the decision based on a number of things. This shelter doesn’t have a place for a wheelchair, so it wasn’t a good fit for Billy Ray. Similarly, it wasn’t a good fit for her friend Tonka, a dog, and his owner. Edward stuck out because he has always been so gracious when receiving food.”
Besides raising money to build homes for the less fortunate, Hailey is also expanding her charitable fundraising to include donating items like toiletries, winter clothing and coats, feminine hygiene products, and she even purchased ten P.O. Box addresses to assist homeless people with attempting to gain employment.
Hailey knows what she wants to be when she grows up, and her answer is a philanthropist: “someone who takes care of people.” I’d say she’s right on track- maybe even ahead of the mark.
If you’d like to donate to Hailey’s efforts and get involved, please contribute to her fundraising campaign to cover the cost of additional shelters and supplies by visiting here.
You can also check out her updates on Facebook at Hailey’s Harvest.
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