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Yup, our readers are good!
This morning we asked complete strangers to step up to the plate to become an everyday hero. And we're giving a big shoutout to three of them.
Today's challenge - the first of several - was inspired by a report that donations to the United States’ 400 biggest charities plunged last year by 11 percent. We invited you to act by contributing $5 to the organization of your choice.
“They do amazing work in Haiti. They've built more shelters than any other aid org to date,” she wrote on Twittter.
@jayinatlanta also took the challenge and donated to two of his favorite charities - Water.org, a U.S.-based nonprofit committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries, and Feeding America, formerly America’s Second Harvest, which provides food to low-income Americans through a network of food banks.
Finally, we received a beautiful story from iReporter KyleHD in Seattle, who contributes regularly to Children's International, a non-profit that helps impoverished families through child sponsorship programs. Kyle, 23, gives $22 each month to sponsor a Colombian boy named Jefferson, but today he contributed an extra $5 - a dollar for each year that he has been helping Jefferson's family.
Jefferson lives with his mom, who works as a maid, and two siblings in a one-bedroom home that only recently received running water and electricity.
"Right now I don't have a job, and I know many people across the country are struggling," Kyle said in his iReport. "But I know I'm living much better than Jefferson and his family are living."
Kudos to Jay, Carrie and Kyle for being our everyday heroes! Check back here tomorrow morning to see the next challenge.