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Zach Bonner - Helping Homeless Children
When Hurricane Charley hit his native Florida, then seven-year-old Bonner started delivering water to kids in his red wagon. Shortly after, he founded the Little Red Wagon Foundation, which helps advocate and provide resources for homeless children. In the years since, Bonner has walked across the United States to raise tens of thousands of dollars for his cause and was recognized with the President's Volunteer Service Award.
Then, a young boy named Zach Bonner, spoke at a company meeting and shared with us the plight of unaccompanied, homeless youth.
It was his dream to bring light to this often-unnoticed group of kids. To help him spread the word, we lent his family an RV for his walk to Tallahassee, Florida, and then on to Washington D.C. and eventually across America. Zach Bonner and the Little Red Wagon Foundation
Zach Bonner was named the 2008 Butterfly Award winner.
To help victims of Hurricane Katrina Zach, 10, collected 27 truckloads of sundry items, raised $600 in donations for the Red Cross post-Katrina efforts and secured $7,000 worth of new toys and sporting equipment for homeless children living in Red Cross shelters. He also recently founded the Little Red Wagon Foundation, Inc., which collects and donates backpacks filled with food, school items and other supplies to disadvantaged children nationwide. News accounts of the need caused by Katrina inspired Zach Bonner to get involved. When Congress designated November National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Zach launched a marathon walk from Tampa, Fla., to the state capital 250 miles away in Tallahassee. He and his team raised money and awareness for the nation's estimated 1.3 million homeless children.
Creator of The Little Red Wagon Foundation: Zach Bonner
One is never to young or inexperienced to start making a difference in the world....and Zach Bonner is clearly demonstrating this. As an advocate for homeless youth, Bonner created The Little Red Wagon Foundation, a non-profit charity that raises money and collects supplies for needy children. He began this non-profit charity when he was seven years old with his Mother and has raised thousands of dollars as well as pulling his little red wagon to neighboring households collecting supplies. Tags: Little Red Wagon Foundation, Zach Bonner, Philanthropy, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Old Fashioned Mom Magazine Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter
A "Little Red Wagon" of Hope - Zach Bonner's Mission to Help Homeless Children
Zach Bonner, a fourteen-year-old philanthropist, made that choice and decided to help. Not just help, though. Along with collecting truckloads upon truckloads of food and supplies, he walked across the country to spread awareness of the Invisible Youth of America. Moreover, he gave these children what they needed most of all, hope. I got the chance to interview Zach during his recent stop in Philadelphia about his many charitable projects through his Little Red Wagon Foundation, and about the movie highlighting his achievements, "Little Red Wagon. I discovered that Zach truly changed the way thousands of Americans think and that he is an inspiration to all of us. But not Zach, who at six years old saw a TV news segment about a hurricane that left hundreds of people homeless in his home state of Florida, and decided to do something. "If we keep expecting everybody else to do their part then we ourselves don't get involved and nothing will really ever get accomplished," explained Zach.