Her grandma left her a voicemail before she died. Now, this tattoo lets her hear it.

About three years ago, Sakyrah Morris' grandma left her a voicemail wishing her a happy birthday at midnight. For some reason, Morris held onto it.

Good thing she did. A month later, her grandmother passed away: "Words can’t explain how much I miss her."

Morris, a junior in high school at the time, was deeply affected by the loss — though she was relieved to know she could still listen to her grandmother's voice any time she wanted.


"I’ve been holding on to this voicemail for almost three years now, not knowing what I would do with it," she expressed on Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Sakyrah Morris.

The now-19-year-old knew she wanted to do something with her grandma's voicemail to keep her memory alive.

So she got a tattoo. A very unique one.

Morris decided to get an inked design that allows her to hear her grandma's "happy birthday" voicemail whenever she wants.

"Today I got that exact waveform [from the voicemail] tattooed across my heart," Morris wrote on Twitter along with a video showing how it works. "I am able to play it just by holding my camera over it."

The technology involved might seem near-miraculous, but it's actually pretty simple. The app Skin Motion, which Morris used for her tattoo, can scan an image and play a stored audio file that matches the visual. The app isn't reading sound waves tattooed on Morris' skin, as many Twitter users pointed out. Instead, it's recognizing that graphic of the tattoo and then playing back the audio associated with it. (Think of it like reading a QR code.)

Regardless of the technology involved in memorializing her grandma in such a powerful way, the tattoo means she'll stay with Morris for a lifetime.

"I just want to take this time to thank my grandma, my everything," Morris wrote after her tattoo and video went viral.

Photo courtesy of Sakyrah Morris.

"Every blessing that is being sent my way right now is because of her. I know that she orchestrated all of this for me. I will do nothing but continue to make her proud." ❤️

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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