Persons of the Year

Bob Blair

The people picking beans at the Volunteer Farm in Woodstock, Va., are not professional farmers. They are volunteers who harvest vegetables for the hungry at the farm created by former prisoner of war Bob Blair.

Five years ago, Blair had an epiphany -- to get volunteers to help him grow nutritious food for the needy.

We have an awful lot of people, hundreds of thousands of people, who are food insecure," Blair said, "meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from."

The produce is served to the hungry often on the same day it's collected.

Since "World News" featured Blair in June, he said he's produced 35 tons of vegetables with the help of 3,100 volunteers. But even in a good economy, Blair said, that's just a drop in the bucket. He is desperate to provide more.

The stories of two Person of the Week honorees are revisited and updated.
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"They didn't plan on being hungry," he said. "They didn't plan on losing their jobs. They didn't plan on losing their homes."

To fill those empty plates, Blair said he'll grow more on two new farms. And he is adding meat to the bounty.

"The people would like to have some protein," he said. "We knew when the economy took a dip that there would be an increase."

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Ron Hunter

Hunter

For Ron Hunter, a successful college basketball coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, his recruiting trip four years ago to Lagos, Nigeria, was life-changing.

"I was absolutely amazed about the number of people that lived in poverty, the number of children that had no shoes," he said.

So, he teamed up with Samaritan's Feet, a charity dedicated to giving shoes to poor children. And to raise awareness about the lack of shoes in the third world, he agreed to coach a game barefoot.

But not only did he go barefoot. So did the fans. Together, they collected tens of thousands of pairs of shoes.

Since "World News" featured Hunter in January, he has received more than 250,000 pairs of shoes.

"I don't think there is a day that's gone by that I haven't received some pair of shoes," he said. "My house actually looks like a shoe warehouse."

In June, Hunter, his assistant coaches and some of his players delivered the shoes to children in Lima, Peru. Hunter noted that some children as old as 9 or 10 didn't know how to tie them because they've never had shoes to tie.

In January, he will coach barefoot again -- and he's getting other professional and college coaches to do the same. This time he hopes to collect a million pairs of shoes.

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Drs. Vince and Vance Moss

Moss

After hearing about the suffering of civilians in war-torn countries, these twin brothers -- both U.S. Army reservists since college -- felt compelled to act. They approached the U.S. military and State Department about a medical mission to Afghanistan to treat civilians. Their idea was rejected because of safety concerns, so the Mosses took matters into their own hands. They chartered a plane, stocked it with medical supplies, hired their own security and flew to Afghanistan -- all at their own expense. They made two trips to the country, gaining the trust of the people and providing much-needed care.

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