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People in her neighborhood know Pat as the woman who always has a flower in her hair and a warm smile on her face.

More often than not, you can find her walking around her local building complex for low-income seniors in Washington, D.C. laden with supplies for them.

"She’s had a huge impact on the seniors in her community," says the manager of the complex. "She just wants to help people."


But Pat isn't the only one offering her services to low-income seniors. She's part of a nonprofit called Sarah's Circle, which assists low-income senior women (as well as homeless women and those seeking refuge) who might be having a hard time making ends meet.

Pat and Ms Gamble, one of the seniors she helps out. All photos via Upworthy.

"I try to help as many seniors as I can because I know it’s very necessary," explains Pat. "It’s very difficult when your income is very low, and you have to stretch it for food, medicines, and transportation."

So she has a daily routine of going around to seniors in her community and asking if she can any run errands for them. Just by doing that, she's developed special relationships with many.

"For the last five or six years or so, she’s been bringing me books from the library, and we’ve had a strong bond ever since then," says Ms. Gamble, one of the seniors Pat helps.

She's so much more than just a nice woman who runs errands — to some, she's become as important as family.

"Without her, I don’t know what I'd do," says Martha. "She’s just like a daughter to me. She’ll do anything for anybody. If you’re down, she’ll perk you up."

Martha (left) and Pat (right).

The unfortunate reality is elderly people often continue to deteriorate over time, mentally and physically. And if they're living on a scant budget, it can become harder and harder to afford necessities, like medications and healthy food. They may also need assistance just to get simple, daily chores done, and if they're not quite ready for an aide, or at least not a full-time one, it can leave them at a major disadvantage when they're on their own.

Pat and other volunteers like her at Sarah's Circle do what they can to help fill in the gaps, and advocate for seniors when they can't.

“We need people speaking out for seniors who are only trying to live just like everyone else," says Pat.

But it's less about a greater agenda for Pat — she mostly just wants to brighten peoples' days, and help them keep moving forward. That's what being kind means to her — giving a bit of yourself to others to make their lives a bit better.

It's really the best advice anyone could offer.

"Try to put a smile on someone’s face everyday."

Learn more about Pat and Sarah's Circle in the video below:

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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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A man who uses a wheelchair fell onto the tracks in a New York City subway station on Wednesday afternoon. A CBS New York writer was at the scene of the incident and says that people rushed to save the man after they heard him "whimpering."

It's unclear why the man fell onto the tracks.

A brave rescuer risked his life by jumping on the tracks to get the man to safety knowing that the train would come barreling in at any second. The footage is even more dramatic because you can hear the station's PA system announce that the train is on its way.

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