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Monday, Apr 21, 2014
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Teen aims to spend six days in box to help homeless

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A 15-year-old Valrico boy who gained national fame walking across the United States in 2007 has a new challenge: spending six days in a Plexiglas box just east of the Sears store inside the Westfield Brandon mall.

While under pseudo glass, Zach Bonner will collect food and try to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people, coming out of the box only for restroom breaks.

Bonner entered the 8-square-foot box Thursday morning and will remain in it through Tuesday. He is urging people to drop off canned foods, which will be stacked in the box around him. “Essentially, I will be the face of the homeless…,” he stated in a press release. Bonner said he was inspired by a similar stunt by Canadian activist and magician Scott Hammell.

A live feed at www.zachnthebox.org will allow people everywhere to see Bonner inside the clear box, built and donated by The Home Depot. While canned food is collected, any monetary donations will go to Bonner’s Little Red Wagon Foundation.

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