Hailey Fort is only 9, and she’s already building mobile shelters for the homeless and raised more than $11,000 to build more.
For about four years, Fort has been working with homeless people in her community. It all started when she and her mother bought lunch for a homeless man named Edward, and Fort was soon asking what more she could do to help the homeless.
Since then, her work and impact have grown, in some cases quite literally. She grows fresh produce in her garden, and she hopes to donate 250 pounds of food and build a dozen mobile sleeping shelters this year:
She builds the shelters, “so then you don’t get rained on and you feel safe and stay dry.” “It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people,” Hailey told King 5 News. “I think everyone should have a place to live.”
Fort says she wants to be a philanthropist when she grows up, but her work proves that she already is one. Hundreds of supporters have already donated to her cause, and her GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $11,000 in only a week.