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Tiny Activist Makes Big Contributions

November 26th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

For the last 23 days, Zach Bonner, his mother and sister, have been walking from Tampa to Tallahassee. Zach came up with the idea for the 280 mile journey because he wants to draw attention to homeless children. His mother Laurie says he has been an activist since he was six.

“He started when he was six, when Hurricane Charley hit. He wanted to collect water from the neighborhood and he kept going for four months,” Laurie Bonner said. “And then he worked with Extreme Home Makeover, collecting money for one of the families that they were building a house for and then after that is when he got the idea that he wanted to help homeless people, build houses for them. I said well, maybe scale it down a little bit and we came up with helping homeless kids.”

In addition to walking, Zach has been giving out backpacks to homeless children. The backpacks contain personal toiletry items and usually a book. On any given day in Florida, there are between 20 and 40 thosuand homeless children.

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