A nine-year-old girl from Washington state is building “mobile sleeping shelters” to give her homeless “friends” a dry and safe place to rest.
When Hailey Fort was just five years old, she saw a homeless man near her home in Kitsap County, Washington. The toddler asked her mom whether she could help the man.
Hailey’s mom replied that she could and that’s what the girl has been doing for the past four years: helping the homeless. Hailey has plans to build 12 mobile shelters this year alone. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Nine-year-old Hailey Fort (pictured) is building “mobile sleeping shelters” to give her homeless “friends” a dry and safe place to rest (image: KOMO).
Hailey’s mom Miranda Fort said that the recipient of the first shelter is a man named Edward. She added:
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.
2. Hailey has plans to build 12 mobile shelters this year alone (image: KOMO).
Miranda explained that her family have met with the city to ensure that the shelter won’t cause a problem, though its precise location is yet to be determined. She said:
Our city ordinance on the issue states that it can be placed on a church lot. We have a few leads on churches that will allow his structure, but for Edward’s safety we aren’t disclosing where.
Apart from her “mobile sleeping shelter” project, Hailey hopes to grow more than 200 lbs of fresh vegetables this year, to help feed Kitsap County’s homeless.
She has been tracking her progress on a specially set-up Facebook page named Hailey’s Harvest.
3. Hailey hopes to grow more than 200 lbs of fresh vegetables this year, to help feed Kitsap County’s homeless (image: KOMO).
Miranda said that Hailey counts the homeless as her friends and that keeps her going. She explained:
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.
Apart from the 12 mobile shelters and 200 lbs of food, Hailey aims to provide her friends with 1,000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products and 100 coats.
The girl set out to raise $1,000 on her GoFundMe page, but has already raised almost three times that amount — in just six days!
4. A nine-year-old girl is building homeless shelters for her “friends”.
The local community has also showed a strong support of Hailey’s efforts. The cost of building a single shelter, her mom explained, is about $300, but the price is so low only because Hailey gets many of the items donated.
Hailey’s dad Quentin said:
It is no surprise to me that Hailey is this selfless with Miranda as an example, I am immensely proud of the contributions Hailey has made and will continue to make to her community.
I just hope we, as parents, can do enough to satiate her desire to help those in need.
5. A nine-year-old is helping Kitsap County’s homeless — a KOMO News report.
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