1.3 Million homeless children in America; One kid out to make a difference

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While most kids his age spent the summer relaxing and socializing, twelve-year-old philanthropist Zach Bonner traveled close to 2,500 miles by foot from the east coast of Florida to Los Angeles, seeking to raise awareness and funds for homeless children across America.  After six months on the road, he arrived at the Santa Monica Pier on Tuesday, September 14, at 3:15 p.m where he celebrated his achievement with family, friends and supporters.

A month after Bonner completed his coast-to-coast “March Across America” walk, Little Red Wagon, a feature-film based on his young life and work, will make its world premiere at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.

The film has been chosen as an Official Selection of the annual festival and will make its debut on opening weekend, Saturday, October 15 at 2:45 p.m. (AMC Castleton Square), followed by three additional screenings: Sunday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. (AMC Showplace 17), Monday, October, 17 at 1:30 p.m. (AMC Castleton Square) and Friday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. (AMC Showplace 17).

A Michael Guillen Production, presented by Philanthropy Project, Little Red Wagon is directed by David Anspaugh (Rudy, Hoosiers) from an original screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan (Mr. Holland’s Opus).  The film stars Anna Gunn, Chandler Canterbury, Daveigh Chase , Frances O’Connor and Dylan Matzke.  Executive producers are Steve Golin and Barbara Kelly.  Producers are Michael Guillen and David Kanter.

Little Red Wagon is based on the life of Zach Bonner, a Florida boy who, in 2004 at the age of seven, used his toy wagon to collect water, food and clothing for families made homeless by Hurricane Charley.  A year later, he established the Little Red Wagon Foundation to assist homeless, distressed and underprivileged youth and to encourage other kids to make a difference in their own neighborhoods.

A recipient of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award, profiled by media from “Good Morning America” to The New York Times, Zach has undertaken several ambitious walks to raise awareness and funds: a three-part, 1,125-mile-long “My House to the White House” trek from his hometown of Tampa, FL to Washington, DC, and more recently a nearly 2,500-mile walk “March Across America” from Jacksonville, FL to Santa Monica, CA.

For more information about the Little Red Wagon Foundation visit www.littleredwagonfoundation.com.  To watch the feature-film, Little Red Wagon, movie trailer, visit www.giveandglow.com.

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