Yonkers mom named hero for orphan program
A Yonkers mother who's helping change the lives of children orphaned by AIDS has been officially branded a hero.
Amy Stokes started the non-profit group Infinite Family back in 2006. The program uses the Internet to connect orphaned South African children with volunteer mentors from around the world.
For all of her work, CNN has named Stokes one of its top 10 'Heroes for 2011' in the world.
Stokes says she was inspired to create the support network by personal experience. She says when she and her husband visited Johannsberg in 2003 to adopt their son, she was moved by the orphan crisis in South Africa.
Stokes' program now boasts hundreds of volunteers, including her 9-year-old son.