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Meet A 9-Year-Old Girl Who’s Building Shelters For The Homeless

posted: 06/09/15
by: TLCme

ABC US News | World News

Hailey Fort wanted to help the homeless in her local community so she decided to get do what any do-gooder might do and get involved with building shelters. This year she's building 12 mobile shelters in her local Kitsap County, Washington, community. The remarkable thing? She's only 9 years old!

Fort became inspired to help out when she was only 5, after she met and made friends with a homeless man in her town. Since then, Fort has become buddies with several of the local homeless population. They know her, and she looks out for them.

When it came time to decide who would get the first of the shelter's she was building, Hailey's mother Miranda Fort told ABC News that she went with her friend Edward.

"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."

Each shelter costs around $300 to build and will have windows, a solar-powered lamp, and a front door that can be locked.

In addition to building homes for the local homeless population, Hailey's also growing food for those in need. She's planted a fruit and vegetable garden and hopes to harvest around 250 pounds this year. She's plotting her progress on a Facebook page called Hailey's Harvest. Hailey's also started a GoFundMe page to support the work she and her friends are doing to help the homeless in Kitsap County.

"Hailey is repeatedly told that she can stop at any time but she continues because this is her passion," said her mother. "I think a lot has to do with setting such high goals and then the rush she gets when she meets them."