08/28/2013 12:36 pm ET Updated Aug 28, 2013

Armand Young, California Man, Walking Across U.S. To Collect 1 Million Kind Acts In Honor Of 9/11 (VIDEO)

Armand Young is more than halfway to his goal of collecting 1 million acts of kindness across the country –- on foot.

The ambitious do-gooder gave away pretty much everything he owned when he left California in 2007 to walk all the way to New York –- and back –- to honor fallen soldiers and the victims of September 11 in an unusually inspiring way, WTAE reports. Young carries the bare necessities on his back and a 6-foot pole adorned with American flags and more than 500,000 signatures.

Each person who jots down his or her name commits to performing an act of kindness within a day in honor of a 9/11 victim or a killed serviceman or servicewoman.

“My plan when I started was to change the world any way I could,” the 49-year-old told TribLIVE on Wednesday while making his way through Pennsylvania. “I want to see a million acts of kindness behind my walk.”

But Young has gotten his fair share of heartwarming gifts sent his way too. Even though he gave away nearly every dollar, Young said he’s never been without a place to stay or food to eat, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

Young finally arrived to Ground Zero in 2010 and then made his way to Gettysburg where he took a break. He recently resumed his march and told TribLIVE that he expects it will take him about a year to complete his journey.