Danbury Teen Woodworker to Go National on GMA
Almost two years ago, we told you about a local Danbury teen who has made quite a name for himself and his business, Frankie's Woodworking.
Frankie's love for building things began when he was only 4 or 5 years old, and his father, Frank Demunda, told us how Frankie got his start.
"He would watch his grandfather at work in his workshop, and he just kinda picked up the trade. Soon after, he inherited some tools and built a workshop in our garage".
After that, things really started to escalate with his woodworking as his Dad explained.
"Last Christmas, he happened to be looking online and saw a wooden tree, he immediately went downstairs to his wood shop and made a gorgeous tree on his own. We, as proud parents, encouraged him to post it on Facebook thinking that maybe a couple of our family members would buy it. After we posted it, like 40 people wanted to buy one. We actually got so many orders we had to cut it off, it just exploded".
So how did the charity work start? Once again, his Dad gave us the back story.
"The daughter of one of our good friends had leukemia, and Frankie wanted to donate some of the trees he had made to the kids battling the disease at the Connecticut Children's Hospital in Hartford, and it all spiraled from there".
Frankie's has also used his wood working money to make food donations to family's from his school that needed help, and other local charities.
Now it seems word has spread and the folks from ABC's Good Morning America have invited Frankie on the show. On March 24, he'll be featured in a segment to take place during GMA3, which is a spin off to ABC's highly successful Good Morning America Program. The show airs Monday through Friday on ABC starting at 1 PM.
Frankie is very excited to be able to share his mission on a national level, and he posted on his Facebook page that he can't wait to share his story with everyone. As he says "anyone can make a difference in the world and we need to be kind and help each other."