13 of 2017's most inspiring, heartwarming stories

It's been a tumultuous year, but these stories gave us hope.

— -- 2017 was a tumultuous year by any standards.

But despite a charged political environment, tragedy and sadness, there have been great stories of inspiration and hope. We covered many of them at ABC News and are proud of the joy and hope they brought of readers and viewers.

Of all the inspirational stories we reported, there are a few that stand out. We hope you enjoy revisiting them as much as we did.

In no particular order: