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Zach Bonner Walks 280 Miles for Homeless

November 26th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Zach Bonner started collecting water for the victims of Hurricane Charley when he was six. Today he walked the last mile of a 280 mile journey to shine a light on the problem of homeless children. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, you havent heard the last from this amazing youngster.


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It is a journey that started 23 days ago in Tampa. Zach Bonner has walked all of the 280 miles to the capital for a cause. Finding help for the 20 to 40 thousand kids that are homeless on any given day in Florida. He says no children deserve to be homeless.

Its been really tiring and exhausting, Bonner said.But whenever I get really tired I just think of all the homeless kids that have to live through all the bad weather.

Zach turned ten on the journey. His mother Laurie says keeping up with him is a full time job.

He started when he was six, when Hurricane Charley hit, Laurie Bonner said. He wanted to collect water from the neighborhood and he kept going for four months.

On stage, at the end of his journey, he speaks like a pro, glancing only briefly at prepared index cards.

I do what I do because it makes me happy, Zach Bonner said. It makes me happier than any other thing that I do.

Zach doesnt lack for goals. Next thing on his list: dinner for a thousand families hurt by Katrina. And then next year, building a house for the homeless.

Some might call him amazing. Others committed. He is certainly an individual wise beyond his years…with a heart that knows no bounds.

Zach believes you can blame a lot of people for being homeless, but says you cant blame children. As Mike Told us, Zach is planning to walk from Tallahassee to Atlanta next year to raise awareness for the homeless issue.

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