Some 9-year-old girls are content with playing house, but not Hailey Fort—this Bremerton, Washington youth prefers to spend her time building tiny houses for the homeless. Hailey started helping the needy at just five years old when she and her mother purchased a sandwich for a hungry homeless man; this act of kindness inspired Hailey to grow hundreds of pounds of food for the homeless over the next four years. Now Hailey hopes to expand on her altruistic efforts by building tiny shelters for the homeless, and is halfway through constructing the first out of a dozen.
For the last four years, Hailey Fort has donated produce grown in her garden to the local food bank, with a whopping 128 pounds of food donated just last year. She was inspired to build tiny shelters after she met Edward, a homeless man who lost his job at the local supermarket. “I don’t really want him to be rained on by all the bad weather we get here,” Hailey told local news outlet KING 5 News. “It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people. I think everyone should have a place to live.”
With the help of her parents and her Arizona-based contractor grandfather, Hailey started building a mobile sleeping shelter for Edward. The building costs are partially covered by a $3,000 Together Rising grant, a 50-percent discount from her local Lowes store, and donated materials. Each eight-foot-by-four-foot wooden structure will have windows, a lockable front door, recycled denim insulation, vinyl flooring, drywall, shingled roof, and a solar-powered lamp. The walls will be made from recycled pallets. According to the KING 5 News, Hailey does almost all the work herself, from working with nail guns to electric drills. Her parents operate the big power saws.
The mobile structure is the first of a dozen planned tiny homes, which when complete, will be placed on a city-approved church lot. In addition to the 12 shelters, Hailey also plans to donate and deliver 250 pounds of food, 1,000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products, and 100 coats to the homeless in 2015. You can help Hailey by buying items from her Hailey’s Harvest Amazon Registry or by contributing to her GoFundMe campaign.
Images via Hailey’s Harvest Facebook