03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Youth Activist Zach Bonner Named Most Inspiring Person Of 2009

Zach Bonner, the 12-year-old from Tampa, Fla. who made a 1200 mile "My House To The White House" walk at age 11 to raise money for homeless children, has been declared the Most Inspiring Person of 2009 by Beliefnet readers.

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.

Zach created his own nonprofit, the Little Red Wagon Foundation, to advocate for homeless youth and help underprivileged children. The nonprofit spawned out of Zach's efforts to collect and fill backpacks with toiletries, food and supplies for homeless kids. He was only six when he began lugging his Radio Flyer wagon around the neighborhood to collect bottled water for hurricane victims.

He will next assist a project through Variety Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles. Zach is the youngest recipient of this award in its 10-year history, and beat other nominees to receive the most votes, including Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

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