How A Little Red Wagon Is Changing the World
Check out our interview with the incredible young philanthropist Zach Bonner!
15 year-old Zach Bonner has lived an incredible life. At the age of seven he began handing out backpacks to needy children in Florida. Now after numerous walks to raise awareness his Little Red Wagon Foundation has become a nationally known organization. Helping with that is the movie Little Red Wagon, which recently arrived on DVD and is available exclusively at Wal-Mart. I got the chance to check up with Zach to discuss the movie, his incredible work, and what he hopes to do in the future.
What has this whole movie experience been like?
It’s been crazy, seeing it, but it’s really been an exciting opportunity at the same time. When they first approached us about doing the movie, about 6 years ago now, the reason that we agreed to do it was because we saw the potential to really bring a lot of awareness to what we do. That’s really what it’s about for us and we’ve been really successful at being able to do that with the movie. We thought doing a Hollywood feature film it would really be able to touch a lot more people than through other avenues. It’s been really amazing to work with the people that we’ve gotten to work with on the movie. Our director David Anspaugh directed Rudy and Hoosiers, our screenwriter Patrick Duncan wrote the screenplay for Mr. Holland’s Opus and Courage Under Fire, and one of our executive producers did all of the Twilight films, so really big names from Hollywood came together for this movie. What was amazing about that was that they all did it for a fraction of what they normally charge just because they really believed in the mission.
How involved were you with the making of the movie?
We were involved throughout the entire process. What happened around the time they were shooting it was we were on the march across America so it was harder to go on set and do things like that, but we were constantly a part of the movie. We were on set for about a week. We had input in writing the script, you know saying how close it was. They did an amazing job relaying the story and that’s all we could really ask for.
What drives you do the things that you do with your life?
I would probably say the kids. Really I started because I started learning about them and it really motivates me to keep it going and to want to help them. Every time I hear one of their stories or I meet one of them or I hear a statistic it makes me want to do even more to help more kids.