October 18th, 2010
06:43 PM ET

Readers take the #BeAHero challenge for charities

Editor's Note: Learn about the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 and vote for the CNN Hero of the Year at CNNHeroes.com.

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.

Shortly after we issued the #BeAHero challenge on Twitter, we heard from @carriefox in Washington, D.C. She donated to CHF International, an international development and human aid organization.

“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.

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  1. Alex

    Children's International is really Children International at http://www.children.org

    October 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sherri W.W.

    Giving even a little to worthy charities is something I believe is very important for everybody to do,if at all possible.We cant give a lot,but every month I give something to at least 3.and last month I gave to 7~actually a bit more than I could afford,but so many are not getting near as much now,with the economic problems.~With all the hate going on,we all need to slow down and get back to the America we used to be,before all these strange people started screaming nutty things and turning everyone into folks I dont know anymore!~I do know that giving a little money to support things for our troops,for our animals,both wild&domestic,and our children,like some wonderful Indian chidren up in the Dakotas`,that I try to take a little care of~it makes me feel "right with the world"somehow,when they send me somehing they made at school up there.THIS is the stuff we should be doing!~and turn OFF the TV and READ your news or whatever~forget these every~day nuts that,all they seem able to do~is make noise about nothing~with an agenda of ruining everything in this great country.Lets get back to who we REALLY are!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. dsashin

    Alex-thanks for the correction. We'll get that fixed.

    October 19, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse | Reply

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