A dream never becomes reality through magic. It takes the sweat, desire, determination, and efforts. This quote truly justifies the story of Zachary Bonner a young boy from Valrico, Florida. While other boys his age were enjoying, he decided to bring a change for the kids in need. He started walking from Valrico, Florida and stopped in Los Angeles nine months later, racking up a total of 2,478 miles and raising $120,000 for the kids in need. Despite his age, Zach has helped many people. When Hurricane Charley hit the town in 2004, Zach, then six, collected food for the storm victims. Since then, he has raised some $400,000 for his tax-exempt Little Red Wagon Foundation, which helps in aiding the projects related to the homeless and troubled children. He has walked many more times for the kids in need and to contribute a change from his side in their life.
Zach began walking to support a children’s charity in Tampa, Florida. He completed his walk 23 days later, walked 280 miles away in Tallahassee in 2007. After 2 years in 2009, he again trekked about 670 miles from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., surprisingly in just 2 months.
“What really keep me going are the kids in need,” Zach has said. “They don’t get to say, ‘I’m tired of being homeless.’ So why should I get to quit?” This 13 year-old-boy has done things that many adults cannot even think of. Zach’s story clearly shows it just takes the determination and a unique thought of helping others no matter how old you are. His efforts are appreciable and words are less to thank him for bringing a positive change in the kids’ lives.
Zachary Bonner is and will always be a hero for the kids in need and will keep on inspiring the youth to think out of the box and contribute as much as one can towards bringing a positive change.