ATLANTA -- Three extraordinary children from all across metro Atlanta are among the 80 semifinalists in this year's Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program.
The Huggable Heroes are recognized for being leaders in the efforts to make their communities better. Every year, 10 winners are selected to receive $10,000 -- $7,500 for a scholarship and $2,500 for the charities of their choice.
Mackenzie Bearup, 18, Alpharetta
Mackenzie founded Sheltering Books, Inc., a nonprofit organization that collects and donates books to homeless children. So far, Sheltering Books has collected more than 100,000 books for shelters in 35 states and low-income schools in two countries. Mackenzie has also raised $50,000 and helped several schools host book drives.