Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
October 11, 2022 ·  2 min read

Veteran and wife are freezing at night until kids help build them a new tiny home

One of the greatest services we can do to older generations is to help veterans. After all, they gave up the majority of their lives to keep the future safe. As such, the future generation, namely kids, are probably the ones that can do the most when it comes to kindness.

Back in 2017, some elementary schoolers in Georgia showed the capability of kids by helping veterans. The tiny toddler worked together and built a small house for a struggling veteran. But that was only the start.

Helping Veterans One Tiny Hand At A Time

Eddie Browning is a veteran of the naval forces. However, he and Cindy Browning, his wife, was in dire need of a sturdy roof to live under. Till that time, they lived in a broken-down camper. To make matters worse, a fire damaged it too. As such, the elderly couple was having to brave the cold.

That’s when Elm Street Elementary students, along with a few volunteers, built the couple a small house. All of them then gifted the shelter to the veteran couple at the Eatonton Georgia Tiny House Festival held in the Ooh La La Lavender Farm.

The kids' tiny house to help the veteran.
Image Credits: FOX 5 TV Atlanta

61-year-old Eddie Browning could hardly hold back his tears and express this gratefulness while speaking to Fox 5 TV Atlanta. To 59-year-old Cindy, it was too good to be true and felt like a dream. What surprised them, even more, was that it was elementary schoolers who were helping them like this.

However, the tiny helpers with big hearts faced their own set of problems. They had begun the project for helping veterans but were finding it difficult to give it to the Brownings. They did not have any legal land where they could place the house. Fortunately, the Festival organizers heard of the plight and let them store it on their farm grounds.

More Help Was On The Way

The festival organizers even added plumbing, and electricity, as well as an expansion, to make the house even better. Further help came from corporate sponsors, volunteers, and doctors who bought amenities. Finally, the Brownings could legally live in the house.

The home is about 284 square feet and has a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. As for appliances, it had a stove, refrigerator, dryer, and washer. The new expansion became another bedroom. For Eddie, it is a warm and welcome respite from the cold weather.

After the end of the festival, the organizers transported the house to the Brownings’ Norwood Property. The success of the project inspired the school to promise to build one house every year to help out a needy family. Their motto for the project is “tiny house, big dreams”.

Sure, the kids were not the only ones helping veterans in the end. But it all started with them and their awesome idea. We can all learn from the enormous hearts of these tiny humans.


  1. Tiny house donated to needy veteran, wife.” Fox5 Atlanta. March 6, 2017.