My local newspaper (The News & Record) quoted Zach saying, "Some kids like to play baseball, some kids like to play soccer. This is what I like to do." Laurie Bonner (Zach's mom) has walked alongside her son for most of the journey, which has been spread over a couple years. Zach first began his journey to the White House in 2007 by walking from his home in Tampa to Tallahassee by walking about 15 miles a day. Then in the fall of 2008, he walked from Tallahassee to Atlanta. He is now mid-way through the last 668 miles from Atlanta to D.C. Zach hopes to reach The White House in early July. Zach, who has received many service awards such as the Presidential Service Award, is looking forward to meeting President Obama.
This trek to The White House isn't Zach's first experience with community service. Back in 2004, after Hurricane Charlie hit Florida, Zach got involved in the recovery effort in his town. In 2005, Little Red Wagon Foundation (Zach's non-profit organization) was created to help underprivileged children. Zach makes backpacks and fills them with food and supplies and gives them to homeless and street kids. He's distributed over 1,200 of these packs across the country. To learn more about all the great things Zach and The Little Red Wagon has done for kids [click here].
Zach and his amazing journey have gotten the attention of some notable personalities such as singer Elton John who has pledged $25,000 for the cause. Zach wants to use that money as well other funds he's raised on his journey to help remodel an old apartment complex he hopes will one day house homeless youth.
Check out the video clip below to learn more about Zach and his cause.