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Rannell Coñesco

15-year-old boy is carving wooden flags to support 'forgotten heroes,' like veterans and first responders, during the pandemic

A 15-year-old boy has raised over $13,000 in donations for homeless veterans, special needs children, and first responders by selling and donating wooden flags he carves himself.

In 2019, Lorenzo Liberti met a homeless veteran while serving meals at a food pantry with his church youth group.
The tenth grader from Lakewood Ranch, Florida, couldn't understand how someone who had served the country ended up abandoned, he says.
"He inspired me to be the change and make a difference," Lorenzo says.
Lorenzo's father wanted him to be productive over the summer, "so I started tinkering with wood," he says.