September 23rd, 2010
09:19 AM ET

And the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 are ...

CNN's Anderson Cooper revealed the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 at 1 p.m. Thursday.

A Scotsman providing free daily meals to 400,000 children, a former child soldier clearing land minds in Cambodia and a Texas builder giving injured vets mortgage-free homes are among the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010.

The top 10 - remarkable individuals nominated by viewers for their sacrifices and accomplishments - were revealed by CNN's Anderson Cooper at 1 p.m. Thursday on

This year marks CNN's fourth annual global search for everyday individuals changing the world. Since January, the network has aired weekly profiles of CNN Heroes, chosen from more than 10,000 nominations submitted by viewers in 100 countries.

A panel comprised of luminaries recognized for their own dedication to public service selected this year's top 10 CNN Heroes. The blue ribbon panel includes humanitarians, activists and philanthropists such as Muhammad Ali, Sir Richard Branson and Yo-Yo Ma.

In addition to the $25,000, each of this year's top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," airing from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Thanksgiving night, November 25.

The global broadcast, with Cooper as the host, will culminate with the announcement of the CNN Hero of the Year, selected by the public in an online poll that began at 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

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  1. Ryan

    Cnn! Why is this a story? Nothing has happened. This is just a cheap attempt to boost viewer ratings for the show. Come on. Provide us with actual news.

    September 23, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      And what have you done???? As someone who currently sponsors 30 children in Philippines I am very interested in this. This is not news to you but we do not care about your opinion.

      September 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      We need to focus on those who do good in this world, not just those that do bad. Anything CNN does, or any TV station, is for ratings. That is like yelling at Wal-Mart for trying to make money. Dur.

      Look at all the good that has come from last year's winner. I don't care WHY they do it, just that they do it. We need more uplifting news in this world. If you want all bad news, turn on Fox News.

      September 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea Ivory

      Ryan, this is a story because a major network has provided valuable resources to honor everyday people that are doing amazing things to help others. This is a story that becasue it raises hope in our fellow man. This is a story because this recognition will help those selected to further their good works. This is a story because the news is not bad all the time. Get it? I could go on...

      September 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arthel

    I am so excited! I have been watching CNN Heroes all year and cannot wait to see who the Top 10 are! I am rooting for Linda Fondren but cannot wait to see who makes it! They are all heros!

    September 23, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kristi

    Definitely pulling for Dan Wallrath – phenomenal effort to help America's wounded veterans! Good luck, Dan!

    September 23, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    So excited to hear about the Top 10! Rooting for Cornell University student, Fred Scarf!

    September 23, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. cbdavidson


    I think that Angelina Jolie and Sean Penn are two of the few worthwhile celebrities out there actually doing something constructive with their fame and fortunes. Name them, please.

    September 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    The image of the Hero must be kept alive at all costs. The American Hero is like a super-sponge. It fills up on the cheering accolades but easily withstands the hateful wringing out it must later endure. You know, like that dude from Crawford, TX or was he from back east? Who really knows the American Hero lore?

    September 24, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Symon

    am so excited about the kenyan boy! what a heart and great innovation! cant wait to see him dclared a winner! many may not understand the rural setting in kenya but he is already a hero in his country and africa at large!

    September 28, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lucy kato

    if we can find people like african will go forward

    September 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

    I want to vote Anuradha Koirala. Plz call me +9779807267199. I am a campus topped wheelchair user in economics and english upto BA. Plz write me in

    October 3, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. trilok sagar joshi

    I wan ti vote Anuradha koerala.plz write me in

    October 4, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. PATTY Lewing

    Love this program that brings attention to all the good hearted individuals in all parts of the world. We should all try to do something to help others, be it small or large scale. It all starts with a giving heart, compassionate soul, and a desire to change someone else. I pray for all the Heroes, even the ones that did not make the finals. What a difference we could all make in this world right now when people need help so badly. I ask each of you that sees this to think about just doing one thing a day for someone else. It does not even have to cost money. Sit with elderly, children, or ill. Mow a yard or take out garbage, carry in groceries for a neighbor. If you do not see one thing that you can do ...please call your local churches, schools, hospitals and day cares. I try to do something every day, not for being noticed, but because it is rewarding to see someone smile and be thankful for what you did for them. Pay does not come in money, there are many riches in making a new friend. God bless all the heroes and all the heroes to be. Just love people.

    November 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |