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The viral campaign to send girls to see 'Wonder Woman' will warm your heart.

Representation matters, and this group is bridging that gap.

The viral campaign to send girls to see 'Wonder Woman' will warm your heart.

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The new "Wonder Woman" movie isn't just good, it's important.

That's why the Legion of Women Writers started a GoFundMe campaign to send 70 high-school-aged girls from Girls Inc. in New York to see the movie.


It's "important for young girls to get to experience seeing a woman as the hero on the big screen," the group's three co-founders, Char Martinetti, Carly Lane, and Swapna Krishna, wrote in an e-mail.

They chose to support Girls Inc. because of the group's own commitment to showing girls what they're capable of. "Since Legion of Women Writers is all about women supporting women and representation and inclusion in media, it made perfect sense," they wrote.

With a few days to spare, the crowdfunding effort has been a huge success, surpassing the group's original goal. All funds raised beyond the cost of the movie tickets will go to Girls Inc. directly, which is cool because Girls Inc. does some truly great work for girls and young women.

This is just the latest in an emerging trend of crowdfunding the cost of movie tickets for underrepresented groups.

Earlier this year, multiple crowdfunding campaigns helped send girls to see the Academy Award-winning "Hidden Figures." And in February, Chance the Rapper liked Jordan Peele's "Get Out" so much that he bought out an entire theater on Chicago's South Side for the local community to see.

Legion of Women Writers has already committed to holding another fundraiser to send young black kids to see "Black Panther" when it hits theaters in 2018.

For women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and others, it's still rare to see real representation in pop culture. Audiences are clearly interested in seeing themselves represented on screen — the success of "Hidden Figures," "Get Out," and "Wonder Woman" are proof of that.

In Hollywood, nothing talks louder than money, and these fundraising campaigns are a great way to make sure studios recognize that audiences want more films like these while also making sure that the people who so desperately need to see themselves reflected in media can do so — regardless of how much a ticket costs.

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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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