Hailey Ford might looked like any other little girl at first glance, but nobody would have thought that this amazing girl had built up to 11 cabins and has been farming actively to help the homeless.
In 2012, at 6 years old, Hailey started a garden to grow food for the homeless in our community. Since then the garden and her impact to the community have grown.
It all started eight years ago when Ford and her mother went to the grocery store where they met the homeless Edward. At that time, Edward was roaming the streets and had not been eating for days. Looking at that, the then 6-year-old Ford begged her mother to buy a sandwich for Edward.
Touched by Ford’s generous gesture, Edward cried upon receiving the sandwich.
Ford later met Billy Ray, a veteran who lost his leg during the war. However, Ford’s mother explained to her that they can’t help everyone because they didn’t come from a rich family. Hearing that, Ford was feeling quite sad but decided that she will not give up. If she can’t buy food to help these people, she will grow them herself.
That was the time Ford started to grow vegetables on her yards. With zero experience in farming, Ford took her time at night to read books and study about it.
Just a few months later, she successfully harvested her first batch of vegetables.
They were carrots, soybeans, and potatoes.
This first batch of vegetables that she harvested, she gave it to Billy Ray.
Ford wanted to give her food she grows to more people, but it’s not enough. So, Ford decided to grow more vegetables and luckily helped out by her kind neighbors too.
With more food coming from her garden, Ford excitedly washed, packed and ready to give them to more people in need.
Thanks to her amazing effort, most of the homeless in the area recognized Hailey, thanked her for all the good things she did for them and become good friends with her.
Her neighbors helped her too.
Her little garden is not so little anymore.
We’re sure that will be enough for everybody!
When we think Hailey is satisfied with all the help she’s giving, it didn’t stop there. After donating the food from her small farm to the homeless, Ford realizes that all these people didn’t have anywhere to sleep properly.
“They can’t sleep on the streets. People need to have a house,” told Ford to her mother.
Her mother knew that it’s impossible for them to provide a house for the homeless, but Ford didn’t agree. She then started her effort to build these homeless a proper place for them to sleep and have a good rest at night.
Ford started to build cabins.
She confidently handles her own tools.
Thanks to her noble intention, the local store called Lowe whose selling the materials Ford needed to build the cabins gave her a 50% discount for all the things she bought. Her family also helped her out by recycling denim and woods to construct the cabin. The cabin is also provided with a heater.
After it was completed, 23 people in the neighborhood came to help Ford move her cabin.
Ford is determined to build more cabins in the future and excited to know that the Lowe store will keep on supporting her by providing all the things she will need in the future.
She also received a donation of feminine supplies from a woman named Katie. Katie wanted to support Ford’s noble gesture and asked the little girl to ask for more supplies if it’s not enough.
Ford with the feminine supplies donated by Katie.
Not only that, but Ford also received a donation worth USD3,000, which she used to buy daily needs for the homeless children during Christmas.
“They called me Santa Claus,” told Ford recalling the moment she helped those children in need.
We’ll say you have such a beautiful heart worthy of a Santa, Ford! Despite her young age, Ford is definitely an inspiration to all of us.