TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Zachary Bonner as the third Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Bonner, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding America.
Bonner began his charitable ways in 2004 after the Tampa Bay area was affected by Hurricane Charlie. He started collecting supplies for those in need and by doing so, realized that being part of a community was better than just living in one. Bonner has evolved and is now focusing on giving back to the homeless youth in the Bay area. Within that focus, he helps kids on the streets by raising awareness and supplying them with the basic essentials to live off of.
The 16 year-old did a seven month March Across America that involved special projects and raising awareness. Bonner used the attention he received to raise money for homeless youth. His next endeavor is planning a food drive to serve Tampa Bay and the 10 surrounding counties, hoping to set the world record for most food collected in one location during a 24-hour span.