When Hailey Fort was 5 years old, she saw a homeless man in her community. She did not stop or stare or look away. Rather, she asked her mom if they could buy him a sandwich.
Since that first encounter, Fort's compassion and eagerness to help the homeless has only grown. Now 9, Fort spends the majority of her free time building mobile shelters for the homeless, fundraising for supplies, and delivering toiletries and other necessities to people in need.
Shortly after Fort and her mom bought a sandwich for the man, the young girl hatched a plan to build shelters for homeless people so that they have a place to feel safe and stay dry. "It just doesn’t seem right that there are homeless people,” she told King 5 News. “I think everyone should have a place to live.”
Fort and her parents have worked with city officials to make sure that the shelters do not conflict with any city ordinances. They are able to place the structures in area church parking lots without any problems.