Meet Hailey, The 9-Year-Old Who Grows Food And Builds Shelters For The Homeless

When Hailey Ford met Edward, a homeless man in her hometown of Bremerton, Washington, she and her mother bought him a sandwich.


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While that would have been the last of it for most people, it simply wasn’t enough for the 9-year-old, who felt that surely there was a way to keep providing food for those in need. So she started Hailey’s Harvest, a garden that was able to donate 128 pounds’ worth of produce to the local food bank last year.


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But it still wasn’t enough for young Hailey. Soon after, she came up with the idea to build small, mobile shelters for the homeless people in her community.


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“It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people,” she said. “I think everyone should have a place to live.”


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The homes that Hailey had in mind are simple. They would feature solar panels, and use recycled denim as insulation.


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With the help of her mother Miranda, Hailey was awarded a $3,000 grant from Together Rising. A local Lowes store also pledged to give Hailey a 50% discount on building materials.


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With this funding, Hailey is all set to build 11 homes for a Tent City soon to open in Bremerton later this year.


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Currently, Hailey is about halfway finished on the first home, which will go to Edward, the man who started her on her journey.


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Not only that, Hailey also hopes to increase her garden’s yield this year, so she can donate at least 250 pounds of food.


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The young activist even plans to distribute toiletries, feminine products, books, and coats, too.


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“We can’t think of a better example than our Hailey – she’s proof that no person – or act of kindness – is too small to change the world,” Together Rising founder Glennon Doyle Melton said.


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We definitely agree.

You can support Hailey’s Harvest here and follow her journey on Facebook.