School kids help homeless Navy vet and his wife get out of the freezing cold by ‘building’ them a tiny home

Many people believe that the future is in the hands of our children. As cliché as it sounds, this belief holds true, which is why we must teach our kids the values we want them to uphold and pass on to the next generation.

A group of students at a Georgia elementary school were taught a valuable lesson in humanity.

These kids have shown that young people can do great things like building a tiny house to help a Navy veteran and his wife.


Navy veteran Eddie Browning, and Cindy Browning lived in a camper that had been burned down by a fire. Because of the trailer’s poor state, the couple found themselves freezing during the cold weather. Sadly, they couldn’t afford to have it repaired.

They needed a roof over their heads and prayed every night that one day they would have a place to call home.

Eventually, their prayers were answered—and they have children to thank for it.

A number of students from Elm Street Elementary, Rome, Georgia and volunteers built a tiny home for Cindy and Eddie in 2017. It was presented to the couple by the group at the Georgia Tiny House Festival at Eatonton at Ooh La La La Lavender Farm.

Eddie Browning and Cindy Browning

“I don’t have the words to tell you what we feel,” an emotional Eddie, 61, told Fox 5 Atlanta.

The couple was overwhelmed by their new home. They were also surprised to learn that the project was started by schoolchildren.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cindy, 59. “It’s a dream.”

The students had started constructing the tiny house a year before but could not present it to the Brownings because they didn’t have a place to legally put it. The Georgia Tiny House Festival organizers and Ooh La La La Lavender Farms organizers were able to help them and allow them to put the tiny house on the farm.

The groups’ act of kindness didn’t stop there. They also helped to install plumbing and electricity for the children.

A tiny home

The humble home that started out with just a few sleeping bags and a propane heater became a much larger place than anyone could have ever imagined.

The generosity spirit spread further. Soon, donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and others began pitching in to make the house livable for Brownings.

“[This] will be warm,” Eddie said upon seeing the home. “We’ve been freezing to death.”

The festival featured the children giving a tour of their 248 square foot home in a video.

“We just made a little tiny house, but now it turned into a huge house,” one student said.

When Cindy and Eddie learned that one of their houses was theirs, they were overwhelmed with joy.

A stovetop and kitchen sink

The home has everything the couple could need. It included a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. It also had appliances such as a stove, washer, dryer, refrigerator, and stove. The added features made this tiny home a second bedroom for Cindy and Eddie.

After the festival, the tiny home was transported to the Brownings’ property in Norwood.

The Elm Street Elementary School was so impressed by the success of the project, they pledged to build a house for every family each year. They even have a motto for their mission: “tiny house, big dreams.”

This story shows that young people can make a difference in their communities. Kindness always goes a long ways. Kudos to everyone involved in building Eddie and Cindy’s tiny home!

Watch the video below to see the Brownings’ reaction upon seeing their house.


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