October 18th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Your iReport challenge: #BeAHero for charities

STOP what you’re doing. This is about YOU. I know you read news, and I know you feel happy on the days when miners are freed in Chile, concerned when a kid is missing and sad when tragedy strikes.

But YOU also make news every day. Hopefully not the kind to appear on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, but you change the world around you. And, through Thanksgiving, we are using what’s new and what’s buzzing to ask you to make it a better place. We have one task for you: Be A Hero.

Each day, we will offer one simple challenge that you can do to be a hero in your own life.

Here's your first challenge:

Donations to the country's 400 biggest charities plunged last year by 11 percent, the worst decline since the Chronicle of Philanthropy started ranking the fundraising organizations two decades ago.

Here's what you can do: By 3 p.m. EST today, contribute $5 to the cause of your choice. Check out CNN's list of ways to help, or pick another organization that is important to you.

Then tell us about it. You can post your response in the comments here, tweet what you did with the hashtag #BeAHero or send us an iReport about your experience. Which organization did you choose? Why?

Check back here in the evening, when we will post a roundup of the most standout daily heroics.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. okenyi norbert

    i think we should concetrate our donations on children around the world in those war deserted areas but everybody has his view to life but to me,children are the most important.i gave s50 to haiti children and i hope everybody could do the same

    October 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. james michael wallace

    if i could raise as much money as these politions to, simply put someone on tv and pay venue fees, i would just give it to the people that were in attendance in the 'firsty'. WOULD THAT BE CONSIDERED charity ? or would i have to pick something that would give me a tax deductable slip, and perhaps be non-profit. What if i just took it and bult a barn for the homeless and made a room for myself in there? could i then call the money i give to my pocket to not only put a roof over my head, but house a bunch of homeless needy people a charity? what if i run a busness out of the barn during the day? or a night club for the homless? would those be charities? or if i make a tshirt i pass out to the homeless .. would that money be concidered charity givin.. EVEN IF I SKIM THE TOP TO KEEP THE ROOF OVER MY HEAD? would that count as charity? I WOULD LOVE TO BE MY OWN HERO as WELL as YOURS TOO >> I HAVE THE BUILDING PLANS BUT NO IRISH SETTER TO POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION! I' was pushed to the point i can't even aford the proper trademarks to get this off and running on my own .. A 9-5 at this point is waisting valueable time in everyones eyes.. HELP ME HELP YOU >> @ THE MOMENT I NEED 200 DOLLARS A MONTH AND IM YOURS FROM 9 TO 5 I PROMISE AND CROSS MY HEART FOR THE HUMAN SOCIAL SERVICES. or what ever that co. name was! JUST POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONS AND GET MY SPONGE OF A MOTHER OFF MY BACK PLEASE > ONCE AND FOR ALL..

    October 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. catherine marshall

    I WILL BE PART OF THIS EXERCISE!

    October 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Melford Godfrey Hakes

    What a heavenly idea, cnn doing a great work, being a part is an achievement luv it, together we will do more.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cephas

    Remarkable. I've always thought money given to churches could go a long way in curbing poverty if it was directed towards the needy in society. In most churches I believe the money ends just in pockets of a few individuals. And yes, the CNN initiatve is remarkable n I will be glad to be part of it.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
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