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Red Cross recognizes Youth Heroes

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Youth Heroes were nominated by the community and recognized by the American Red Cross. Youth Heroes were nominated by the community and recognized by the American Red Cross.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The American Red Cross held its first Youth Heroes breakfast on Friday morning.

The event honors sixth- through eighth-graders for their service in communities all across the Coastal Empire.

Members of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross met on the campus of Savannah State University and recognized each of the young heroes and heard their stories.

All of the honorees have served in all different areas of their community. The Red Cross held nominations for the award.

Cliff McCurry was the keynote speaker and stressed the importance of service and how that service will shape the rest of their lives. He has spent years serving and donating to local charitable organizations-he was honored with the Lifetime Humanitarian of the Year Award.

"I help the elderly. I help the disabled. I help volunteer at church. Anything that is community based with church or school based - I do those kind of things," said Jamiya Stokes-Brooks, a Youth Hero.  

Red Cross Executive Director Robin Wingate said they hope to make this an annual event.

WTOC's Sonny Dixon emceed the event. News Director Jan Smith, who is the board chairman for the American Red Cross Savannah Chapter, attended the debut event as well. 

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