Hailey’s Harvest: How One 9-Year-Old Is Fighting Homelessness

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One-person tents, men’s boxers and prepaid cell phones are not things you would normally find on a little girl’s wish list. But 9-year-old Hailey Fort is anything but ordinary.

At the age of just 6 years old, Fort began a fruit and vegetable garden after asking her mother how she could help a homeless man she saw on the street in her hometown in Kitsap County, Washington. The effort is now known as “Hailey’s Harvest.”

Throwback Thursday-This was my first donation I made. It was half a sandwich bag of carrots, beans, and peas. I was 6 years old.

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Thursday, August 21, 2014

In 2014, Fort’s original goal was to grow 55 pounds of fresh produce to give away to the needy. She has since donated an estimated 128 pounds of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, berries, peppers, peas, beans and more.

This wasn’t the biggest harvest, but I have now doubled my goal for the year. My new goal is 150 pounds. Only 39 more pounds.

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Friday, September 12, 2014

“Hailey’s goals have grown for the 2015 season,” Hailey’s mother wrote on the Hailey’s Harvest Facebook page. “She hopes to grow 250 pounds of food, along with handing out 1,000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products, 100 coats, and as many sleeping shelters as she can find space for.”

My goal for the year is 250 pounds of fresh food

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fort has substantially grown her charitable giving from a hobby to an organized cause. She continues to support the homeless in her neighborhood by partnering with existing organizations and coordinating donations of everything from toiletries to winter coats to portable showers.

Tomorrow I will passing out coats in Seattle. I have 40 coats wrapped and ready to give someone a warm Christmas.

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Today Hailey (Hailey’s Harvest) and her family dropped by Fishline with the following items for our homeless clients: a…

Posted by North Kitsap Fishline on Friday, June 12, 2015

Her next project to help the homeless focuses on providing portable living spaces to those in need of shelter. The first recipient is a man named Edward. Fort hopes to build 12 of these portable shelters by the end of the year.

This is Edward and he will be getting the mobile sleeping shelter when it is completed. Today when we talked he told me…

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A lot of progress has been made on Edward’s sleeping shelter. Tonight the drip rail goes up on the roof. That will help keep everything dry.

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fort has captured the attention and hearts of many, as donations pour in from across the nation. A GoFundMe page has also been set up in her name, which has surpassed its target goal of $40,000.

I am so overwhelmed by people’s generosity. This is just one of three deliveries from today. Most of this will be delivered to The Fishline on Thursday.

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Although she couldn’t quite pronounce it, the 9-year-old told KOMO News that when she grows up she wants to be a “philanthropist.” When prompted by a journalist to explain what that means, she said she wants to be “someone that takes care of other people.”

Many of those she has helped and inspired believe she already is one.

Today I chopped off my hair to support my sister that is having brain surgery soon. We are going to be pixie cut twins….

Posted by Hailey’s Harvest on Thursday, July 2, 2015