Hailey Fort could be the youngest philanthropist to date. The nine-year-old from Bremerton, Washington is beneficially impacting the lives for a plethora of people in a very inspiring and unique manner. When Hailey, only 5 years old, saw a homeless man on the street she then asked her mother if they could buy him a sandwich. And every year since her fifth, Hailey has been growing vegetables in order to donate her harvests to the local food bank.
And now Hailey is taking her good deeds and passion for helping others into a new proposal. The 9-year-old is building 12 mobile sleeping tiny homes for the people that are homeless in her community. “It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people. I think everyone should have a place to live,” Hailey said earlier this year. And there seems to be no better solution than to build her own tiny mobile shelters.
The tiny homes are 8 x 4 ft. shelters that include a locking front door, windows, and eco-friendly insulation units made out of recycled jeans. The majority of the building is done by Hailey, but she does have some adults on her side to help with the intimidating power tools. She also seeks the counsel of her grandfather who is a professional independent contractor.
The shelter she is currently building is for her friend Edward who has been homeless ever since he lost his job at their local supermarket. “He’s really nice,” Hailey says. “I don’t want him to be rained on by all the bad weather we get here.” Thanks to the organizations Momastery and Together Rising, Hailey received a total of $3,000 in grants to help fund her first group of the tiny mobile shelters. Lowe’s Hardware store also gifted Hailey a 50% discount to their store so she can make her projected dozen shelters.
Last year, Hailey gave 128 pounds of food from her harvest, and this year she projects to donate 250 pounds. Hailey also intends to give out 500 menstrual products, 1,000 toiletry items, and 100 coats this year. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she responded, “Someone who takes care of people.” Hailey Fort is a true inspiration to many philanthropist both young and old. If you would like to get involved with Hailey’s efforts visit her site: Hailey’s Harvest.