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Habitat for Humanity joins CNN in a celebration to honor ordinary people making an extraordinary impact

Hero of the Year to be announced Thanksgiving in a CNN special hosted by Anderson Cooper

ATLANTA (Nov. 14, 2008) — Habitat for Humanity is joining CNN this year to celebrate heroes—everyday people who are changing the world. While recognizing its own Habitat heroes who are passionate about helping those in need of affordable housing, Habitat also appreciates volunteers across the country and around the world who work tirelessly to improve communities in many ways.

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Ten nominees have been chosen as finalists for CNN Hero of the Year. Online voting at CNN.com/heroes will determine the winner, who will be announced on “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” hosted by Anderson Cooper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. EST.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, answers questions for CNN.com and recognizes the importance of local heroes to Habitat for Humanity as they work to help low-income families have access to simple, decent and affordable housing.

“We are so thankful for everyday heroes who are joining together to help their neighbors in need of housing,” said Reckford. “Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone, everywhere can help to improve communities while uplifting families.” To read the full article with Reckford, visit http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/13/qa.charity.heroes/index.html?iref=newssearch.

For more information about CNN Heroes, visit http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/heroes.html.

About CNN Heroes
CNN is on a global search for everyday people who change the world. After receiving nearly 4,000 submissions from 75 countries, a blue-ribbon panel including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Jane Goodall, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Franklin Graham, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and George Lopez selected this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes. Each honoree will receive a $25,000 award for his/her organization. The CNN Hero of the Year, who will receive an additional grand prize of $100,000 for his/her organization, will be selected through online voting by the public.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.