Beliefnet is proud to announce that Zach Bonner is the Most Inspiring Person of 2009.
He was nominated for living his conviction that no one is ever too young to change the world. He was selected for his compassionate, selfless service to homeless children. Not only has he made it his mission to call attention to their plight, he literally walks his talk--last year he made a 1200-mile "My House to the White House" walk to raise money to house homeless youth. Next year he will help with a project through Variety Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles.
Zach began at age 6 to show his penchant for humanitarian service, hauling his Radio Flyer through his hometown of Tampa, Florida, collecting bottled water for hurricane victims. But his greatest concern, even at that age, was the plight of homeless children.
At 12, he is the youngest winner in the 10-year history of this award.
Zach received the most votes and he won the hearts of Beliefnet readers and editors.
• See an interview with Zach about his work.
• Read Kimberly Winston's profiles of our other nominees.