How A Little Red Wagon Is Changing the World

Check out our interview with the incredible young philanthropist Zach Bonner!

 

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Who are your heroes?

I really admire people like Elton John and President Clinton because they’ve used their power and their wealth to really help people. I really admire that. I think though that every day it’s the kids that really inspire me. These kids are really incredible kids and a lot of them have really amazing talents. We met one boy on the walk and he was an amazing artist with newspaper. He would take newspaper and he would do amazing things. People would have him do dresses, he was just incredibly talented. There are a lot of kids out there that are like that, that have a lot of talent and unfortunately something has happened and it’s caused them to be on the street. The kids inspired me at the beginning and continue to inspire me every day.

What are your plans for the foundation and for the rest of your life?

I definitely want to be able to grow the foundation, be able to help even more kids. We’re actually in the process of developing a youth resource center in Florida where kids can come and get food to eat, get clothes, use computers, basic services like that. We’re really excited about that because it’s also kind of a stepping stone into other programs in the community, more long-term programs. We’re really excited that, that’s something we’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile now and it’s finally getting to the point where it’s going to happen. Personally, I want to go into law, I think I can tie it in with the foundation and use it as another way to help people as a public service.

What would you tell people who are interested in giving back?

My advice would be to find whatever you’re passionate about. Whether it’s homeless kids, whether it’s animals, whether it’s the environment, whatever it is. Find out what you’re passionate about, and once you find that passion don’t let it go. Use the skills that you have in order to help that problem or cause. Like homeless children, reach out to a local shelter and find out what their greatest needs are locally because they do kind of differ. Find out what their greatest needs are and then find out how you can use your skills and your resources to help fill that need. Whether it’s doing a canned food drive or just volunteering, whatever it is just find out what you can do and do it. Once you find that passion don’t ever let it go.

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