Okeechobee County boy makes homemade hearts for first responders


If youve ever wanted to say thank you to the men and women who risk their lives for our safety, a special first grader in Okeechobee might be able to take care of that for you.

Zander Noal is just getting started with a project that just comes naturally to him all through his love for those that put their life on the line.

Its through a mission called Zs Hearts for Heroes. Noal and his family make homemade, hand-painted cardboard hearts and hand them to firefighters, police officers, and military veterans.

WPTV anchor Mike Trim asked Noal how he felt about handing these hearts to his heroes.

"My hearts like, feeling good and stuff. And like, when I give that to them, when theyre on like a big call or something, they can look at that and then have a nice day," Noal said.

Noal and his father, Chris Noal, also distribute gift cards to local first responders and veterans through this project in which they are now accepting donations.

He talked about his sons passion to say thank you.

"Ever since he was a baby hes always drawn to first responders and kind of like, surreal how its taken off in the last year or two," said Chris Noal.

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Lt. Will Corona was a recent recipient of one of Zanders hearts. He said Zander visits fire stations and police stations so often, hes a familiar face now.

"I mean, how can you not help but smile when he pops in with a big smile on his face? It just changes everything and its awesome, said Corona.

"I hope they dont get hurt or anything like that. I feel good that theyre having that job because they could save a lot of peoples lives," Zander Noal said.

A big thought from a 6-year-old on a mission to share thanks.

You can donate to Zs Heart for Heroes by clicking here. All donations go to gift card distributions to first responders and military veterans in the area. The donations also go to make new homemade hearts.


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