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. ebiarede peter

    how do i involve in this

    October 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill Mburu

    Is this an international exercise or just within the United States?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dsashin

    Bill - the challenge is for CNN's worldwide audience!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Levi Chuks

    This is gr8! Luv it. Never xpected dis kind from CNN. But it isn't enof 2 'donate and give' alone, d ultimate is 2 teach, learn and dwell on maintaining, sustaining and enlarging d gift. These GOD'll teach all of us if we'll humbly seek and wait and look unto HIM. I'll keep in touch as i try 2 see how i can get involved.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles Birai

    Tabaiki&Jitahidimuungano youth groups preach peace & hardword to NAROK,R.VALLEY&KENYA as well as AFRICA &THE world HELP

    October 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Idris

    It's a brilliant initiative from CNN

    October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kamal

    I will love to be part of the task

    October 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Okpara vitalis

    I'm actually a nigerian nd i want to know how i can contribute to this initiative in my country nd how we can make it diversified.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JohnBosco

    Is this feat supranational?
    How can I participate as a Nigerian?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. oluwatobi

    Wow! This is impressive. I really love this idea.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Felicia Raymond

    I'm interested in it what do I do to get involved

    October 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KARIM


    October 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Opeyemi

    It is a must to do for a philantropist like me

    October 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. varyann sika

    This is a cool way of getting people involved in their communities and being a part of the solution to socio-economic problems. I'm Kenyan and I cant wait to continue doing charity.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Auwal Mujaheed

    Yes! CCN we verily support this great system.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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