Inspiring

Encounter with homeless man inspires girl to grow food for the less fortunate, build tiny homes

September 3rd, 2020

When Hailey Ford was just six years old, she realized that she had to help the less fortunate. Eight years later, she’s just as determined as ever.

It all began when Hailey and her mother went to the grocery store one day. On the way, a homeless man asked the mother and daughter for help.

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The man, Edward, explained that he hadn’t eaten in a long time.

Hailey’s heart went out to Edward. She kept on asking her mother if they could buy him a sandwich.

When they brought the homeless man the sandwich, he cried. At that moment, Hailey saw how important it was to feed the homeless.

The next time Hailey and her mother encountered a homeless person, the child asked the mother to buy him food again. The mother explained that she couldn’t buy food for everyone and that their own money was tight.

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But Hailey was undeterred. She knew that there had to be a way to feed the homeless.

Then she realized that while money didn’t grow on trees, food did.

She had learned about growing food in school. She wanted to grow food herself, for all of the homeless people in the world.

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So over the next few months, Hailey and her mom learned about growing vegetables and started a patch in their yard.

More months passed, and Hailey’s crops had grown. She had successfully produced potatoes, soybeans and carrots. She then gave these vegetables to the second homeless man that she had encountered.

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Of course, Hailey didn’t have a huge yard. She realized that the space she had couldn’t produce enough vegetables to feed every homeless person in the world.

But this just meant that she had to find more solutions.

So she told her neighbors about what she was doing. They also enthusiastically agreed to grow vegetables for the homeless.

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In no time, she was growing more food than ever before.

Soon, Hailey was growing enough food to supply the homeless population of her hometown.

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Instead of being content with this achievement, she decided to look into other ways to help the homeless.

Hailey was almost 10. So naturally, it was time for a more ambitious project.

Feeding homeless people is a pretty good achievement for a six-year-old. But housing the homeless is a 10-year-old’s job, she reckoned.

Hailey told her mom about her plan to house the homeless. Initially, the mom said that it couldn’t be done. But this didn’t deter Hailey at all.

So she learned about how she could construct tiny homes for very little cost. Pretty soon, she had the knowhow to build small spaces that would give homeless people shelter. When the manager at her local Lowe’s heard about her plan, he let Hailey buy the materials for half price. She also found unwanted materials from her family members.

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With a little help from her mom, Hailey started building.

Soon, she had made a tiny little cabin.

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It may not look like much to most people, but to a homeless person, this cabin would provide safety and security.

In other words, this cabin saves lives.

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Now Hailey is a teenager. She has built 10 more tiny homes and is looking to help the homeless in a range of other ways.

For instance, she has met with one of her senators to discuss ways to build affordable housing.

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Hailey’s achievements to date are nothing short of astounding. What had you achieved when you were a teenager?

Really, we ought to be wondering whether she’s going to grow up to be a good president or a great president.

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Source: Facebook, BrightVibes, GoFundMe

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