Hailey Ford isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to better the community.
Just 9-years-old and living in Bremerton, Wash., Ford is inspiring people in her city and across the world with her incredible efforts to help those in need.
Ford’s charitable efforts sparked after meeting a homeless man named Edward. KING 5 News reported that when Ford and her mother brought Edward a sandwich, they discovered he was homeless because he had lost his job at a local grocery store. Ford told her mother she wanted to do more to help the man; so with the help of her of her parents, Hailey’s Harvest was created. According to the charity’s Facebook page, the young girl’s efforts helped grow and distribute 128 pounds of produce to the hungry in 2014.
Now, Ford has moved beyond the garden and is building movable wooden structures to be placed in Bremerton’s permanent Tent City opening later this year. Building the shelters with the help of her mother and grandfather, Ford hopes to finish as many as possible before Tent City opens. The cost of the structures is being paid for by a $3,000 grant from the Together Rising charity along with a 50 percent discount given by a local Lowes Home Improvement store.
“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 told The Huffington Post.
The first finished shelter will go to Edward, the man who originally inspired all of Ford’s efforts
“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.”