of ordinary citizens
making a world of a difference."
I loved this show. To me, it's exactly what we need to see regularly on TV. The people in this world working and fighting to make a difference. To be honest, I hadn't paid much attention to CNN's advertising of this. I didn't take a look at the nominees on the site, vote, or anything. But I'm glad I caught it. I'm sure there are or will be skeptics out there about CNN's intent and yadda yadda. But I don't have a single negative thing to say about.
Each of the Heroes awarded inspired me. Some of them even touched me to tears. Watching shows like this is exactly what my spirit needs in order to combat the hurt that builds up from all the things I read/watch about this world we live in (see my Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls post). People like the CNN Heroes remind me that there is hope, and that I too can make a difference even if it is a "small drop in the bucket" - as one honoree referred to his efforts to provide clean drinking water to children.
In the show, 10 men and women were provided a CNN Hero award - the result of over 2.5 million online votes. Each of them was awarded $25k to continue their work. At the end, a Hero of the Year was awarded an additional $100k
This year's awardee was Efren Peñaflorida. He takes education to the streets for Filipino youth as an alternative to gang membership via a pushcart classroom. Every Saturday you will find groups of kids from ages 2-14 running toward his pushcart for their reading, writing, math, and english lessons
Now if that's not powerful to you, then I don't know what is.