The Kid's Got Talent! Teen Creates Hand-Carved Flags To Honor Veterans And Frontline Workers
He started the project to raise money for people in need. Now he's working to honor healthcare workers in every state.
Art can be healing. And these days, we need all of the healing we can get.
That's why Lorenzo Liberti decided to start carving flags out of wood to help raise money for homeless veterans in his community.
"The day that I stop working is a day that a hero could be forgotten," the 15-year-old recently told ABC Action News.
Liberti (which sounds a lot like, "liberty") started making the flags about a year ago after meeting a homeless veteran when he was volunteering at a soup kitchen with his church group.
"That encounter opened my heart and I began to search for ways to assist heroes like him," Liberti said.
Now, along with helping forgotten heroes, Liberti is shifting his focus to helping those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Liberti has been donating any profits he makes from the flags to organizations that help special needs children and homeless veterans. @heroic.flags
He's set a goal to create and donate flags to honor healthcare workers in every U.S. state – starting with nearby Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where his mother works and one of his six-foot flags currently hangs.
Liberti says the flags can be displayed in hospital cafeterias or meeting areas, "to serve as a reminder of how much their communities appreciate their sacrifices."
The hardworking teen has already raised thousands of dollars from the flags, which he's donated to organizations that help homeless veterans, like Turning Points in Bradenton, FL.
Each of Liberti's "Heroic Flags" is made up of planks of pine wood that Liberti hand carves and torches in his parents' garage. Then, he assembles the planks together, paints and carves the stars using a special woodworking tool. Lastly, he applies a clear plastic coat to protect the wood from getting damaged.
Since Liberti makes the flags by hand, each one is unique. @heroic.flags
Liberti recently launched a GoFundMe to raise money for his project to provide a flag to a hospital in each of the 50 states. After he raises enough funds to cover the costs of making and shipping the flags, anything leftover will go to Turning Point's Yellow Ribbon program to help homeless veterans.
"This is what gets me up in the morning and helps me sleep late at night," the hard-working teen said.
What a unique and thoughtful way to honor those who have served our country, and those who have been working on the frontlines during the pandemic. Way to go, Liberti. We salute you!