CHICAGO (CBS)– A group of Oak Lawn students has raised more than $12,000 to help local businesses.

The Cross Countries organization has hosted many local and global fundraisers, and now they’re determined to help during the pandemic too.

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After COVID-19 caused economic hardships for local businesses, students were inspired to launch a virtual fundraiser to provide relief.

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Through social media posts and phone calls, students raised an impressive $6,000. The money will be used to assist employees of local businesses who have lost their paychecks.

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The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce then matched their donation. To donate, visit their GoFundMe site.