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Little Red Wagon

Little Red Wagon

Kids are not always realistic. They believe anything is possible—Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, and saving the world. Adults don’t believe in such things. So, it was a good thing for thousands of homeless children that Zach Bonner was just a gullible kid. In 2005, at only seven years of age, he became the youngest person ever to establish a 5013C non-profit foundation. He began Little Red Wagon Inc. to relieve the suffering of the homeless; particularly the children. “These kids don’t have a home, they don’t have a safe place to sleep at night. They’re out on the streets not because they want to be, but because it’s out of their control,” he said.

Zach is not what you call a “high achiever” because it was never about achievement. He acted out of compassion for others and today, at the age of fifteen, he continues the fight. The movie, Little Red Wagon, portrays the real life story of Zach Bonner. In 2004, after he survived unscathed from Florida’s Hurricane Charley, Zach learned that tens of thousands had lost their homes. Wanting to relieve their suffering, he took his little red wagon around the neighborhood, gathering for the relief effort.

From such a beginning, Zach’s awareness of homelessness expanded. He could not ignore the suffering across the country of those who were homeless due to poverty. As adults, we are all aware of the problem of suffering, but for Zach, his childish indignation melded with a determination that he could make a difference. He already had made a difference collecting donations in his little red wagon and he had no intention of stopping.

The movie Little Red Wagon, would seem almost too far-fetched if it was not true. For proof, go to Zach’s bio page and listen to his passionate plea to for people to make a difference in the lives of others. (Go to the 6-minute mark to hear his passion.) Little Red Wagon goes beyond family entertainment with a mission to inspire each of us, to go beyond what we thought we were capable of doing.

“When your room gets messy and it becomes too big of a problem, you shut the door and ignore it,” Zach says in the movie. “But closing the door doesn’t make the problem go away. If you just get started with a little part, it does not seem so overwhelming and it begins to make a difference.” And with such a down-to-earth perspective, people responded and donations poured in to help relieve what most of us feel is an overwhelming problem.

Little Red Wagon is produced by The Philanthropy Project, a non-profit initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation. It was produced by three-time award-winning Dr. Michael Guillen. Zach (Chandler Canterbury) is supported in his efforts by his mother (Anna Gunn) and older sister (Daveigh Chase). Initially, the three collected over twenty-seven truckloads of supplies for the hurricane victims. As his compassion grew so did his activism. Zach came up with the idea of backpacks – “Zach Packs” for homeless children, filled with basic necessities plus, a toy. From there, he continued to raise money, put on a Christmas party for the homeless and then, he took his mission on the road.

Zack began raising money and awareness by walking from his hometown of Tampa, Florida to Tallahassee with his mother at his side and his sister driving a support vehicle. The film ends at the end of the first walk to raise money and awareness, but the story continues to this day. At the end of the movie are photographs and information about his other walks, which took him across the country. In 2009 he walked from Atlanta, GA to the capitol Washington, DC, and in 2010, Bonner walked from 2,478 miles from Tampa to Los Angeles in six months.

This is a movie for the entire family. Not only does it have the power to dampen the undeserved importance of childish interests such as video games, but it also serves notice to adults: There’s a big world out there, get out in it and dig in! Given that a mere child made such a difference, it leaves no room for excuses.

Little Red Wagon, rated PG released on DVD Tuesday, January 8.  To view the trailer go to:

We are pleased to have three giveaway copies of the Little Red Wagon on DVD. To enter to win, leave a comment below by Friday, January 18, 2013. Three winners will be randomly selected to win this great family DVD.

Update: our winners have been notified. Thanks to all who participated. LMH

Copyright 2013 Patti Maguire Armstrong


About Author

Patti Maguire Armstrong, is the mother of 10, and has a B.A. in social work and M.A. in public administration. Her newest book is Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith & Get to Heaven. Others include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families and the Amazing Grace Series. Follow her at @PattiArmstrong and read her blog at


  1. I would love for my family to share in this message. It sounds like a great way for children to see the difference they can make!

  2. Wow! Sounds beautiful for families and parish life to celebrate the witness given by Zack & reflect & challenge within our own families. Thanks, looking forward to seeing it!

  3. This sounds like a beautiful movie I would love to watch with my family. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win the dvd.

  4. I would be so grateful to win this DVD! I’m sure it’ll be it a hit with my 3 kids and hopefully inspire them to do something great like Zach!

  5. I wonder how long before I heard of this movie, if not for hearing it here! I would love to have this to share with our grandkids.

  6. How can anything be more inspiring than a child leading us? This movie will certainly inspire many, but we must not forget to thank Zach for his unfailing commitment, for following his heart and responding to God’s call in this endeavor. Thank you Zach!

  7. Beverly Ruhland on

    This ‘preview’ sounds like something my family would enjoy watching along with my grandchildren. We can all grow together with God’s lead. This would be great if I were to win it. God bless!

  8. Priya Dsouza on

    Just the movie our children and families should see – thank you for coming out with a way to make it easier to teach compassion to our children. God bless this endeavor.

  9. Priya Dsouza on

    God bless this endeavor and may many families get to see it – will surely leave an indelible mark on the children.

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