Stories of Goodness & Inspiration: Zach Bonner
ZACHARY BONNER, FOUNDER OF LITTLE RED WAGON FOUNDATION
Zachary Bonner is an American philanthropist and founder of the non-profit charity Little Red Wagon Foundation. Zach received the Presidential Service Award in 2006.
When he was seven years old, he founded the organization to aid the 1.3 million homeless children in the United States. Bonner said that, “These kids don’t have a home, they don’t have a safe place to sleep at night. They’re out on the streets not because they want to be, but because it’s out of their control.”
In 2007, Bonner began his three-stage “My House to the White House” project. The project’s purpose was to raise money and awareness for homeless children. In 2007, he walked 280 miles from Tampa to Tallahassee, Florida, while in 2008, he covered 250 miles from Tallahassee to Atlanta, Georgia. In the final leg of the trip, he walked 668 miles from Georgia to Washington D.C. Upon the completion of the “My House to the White House” project, Bonner planned another project, March Across America. From March 23 to September 14, 2010, he walked 2,448 miles from Tampa to Los Angeles.
We have shared Zach’s story in our classes and our children are truly inspired by Zach. He is the true personification of what we teach: everyone can make a difference, no matter how young or old, rich or poor.