By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — In this unique time we all need stories of hope to keep us going.

The Red Cross honored 12 groups of heroes at a virtual ceremony Thursday morning. So many deserving stories this year. We at CBS Chicago were honored to help host the event.

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The annual heroes event was established 19 years ago to raise awareness of local heroes who carry out the mission of the Red Cross by making a commitment to creating stronger communities and providing help when crisis strikes.

We congratulate all the heroes. If you can, please donate to the Red Cross.

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff