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June 26, 2017
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Toting a backpack with scissors, a razor, clips, a comb, and a styling cape, Joshua Coombes is traveling around the world, giving free haircuts to homeless men and women.

The 30-year-old London hairdresser gets to know his homeless clientele as he works, and he shares their stories on his Instagram stream, tagging them with #DoSomethingForNothing. "When you cut someone's hair, it is about trust," Coombes told The Washington Post. He's found that clients get comfortable and "tell us everything. And that role translates to the street really well." He has cut the hair of hundreds of people, and earlier this year he gave haircuts to the homeless in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Coombes says he believes in the power of forging connections between people, and his aim is to make a positive impact through conversation and haircuts. On Instagram, he shared what it was like cutting the hair of Thomas, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran who has been homeless for 10 years. Thomas stared at the mirror for a long time, and asked Coombes why he chose to do this for him. "I told him the truth — I loved hearing his story," Coombes wrote. "I never want to stop learning. Every time I go out and do this, I get so much also. ... Fulfillment is different for everyone, but for me, connecting with others is what makes me tick." Catherine Garcia

June 26, 2017

The San Diego Splash women's basketball team may not win every game, but the players — all above 80 years old — always have a good time.

The team is part of the Senior Women's Basketball Association, a nonprofit that puts together teams made up of women older than 50. The San Diego Splash is made up of the oldest women in the league, and as they told ESPNW, "if you can stand up and move your legs, you're welcome."

The teams play 30-minute games, three on three, on a half court. Some of the women have been part of the Splash for more than 20 years, and they are all good friends, forming a sisterhood. "It's the nicest group of people, from all walks of life," one player said, and another shared that she was 78 years old when she bought her first pair of basketball shoes. "Growing up, we didn't have sports like the girls do today, we didn't have the opportunity to play. ... As long as I can, I'm going to play." Catherine Garcia

June 23, 2017
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Brian Kelly is a resourceful 5-year-old — when his father, Dan, was deployed overseas in May, he started going next door and asking his neighbor, Dean Cravens, if he would join him in doing some of the same things he used to do with his dad.

The Kellys moved to their home in Belleville, Illinois, last July, and Brian and Dan loved doing yardwork together. At first, that's what Brian wanted to do with Cravens. "I thought, 'Well, let's do other things, too,' so we play catch, we'll be shooting the ball, working on my golf swing," Cravens told Good Morning America. He is the father of three daughters, and said he's been enjoying having a boy around, adding, "It's different."

Brian's mom, Barbara, told GMA she cannot communicate with her husband while he is overseas, but she's sure he'd be thrilled to know about his son's new friendship. "If that was me, I would be happy that my child is smiling and has someone to look up to and be there for them until I get back," she said. "When Dan gets back, Brian's going to cry and run to him with open arms." Catherine Garcia

June 22, 2017
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A 92-year-old from Washington state has finally graduated from her old high school. Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was an honors student at Vashon Island High School in 1942 when, like some 120,000 other Japanese-Americans during World War II, she was sent to an internment camp. Matsuda Gruenewald graduated from the camp's makeshift school and went on to become a nurse. But she always wanted her diploma from Vashon. When the school's principal heard her story recently, he invited her to walk in the class of 2017's commencement. "This eliminates all the heartaches," she says. Christina Colizza

June 22, 2017

When the deputy overseeing their work detail passed out last week, six Georgia inmates rushed to save his life, performing CPR and calling 911 from his phone.

They were outside doing lawn maintenance at a cemetery in hot weather — it was 76 degrees with 100 percent humidity — when the officer, who asked not to be identified, collapsed. The inmates immediately opened his shirt and took off his bulletproof vest, then began CPR. "When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," inmate Greg Williams told WXIA. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him."

The officer was unconscious for about a minute, and then started breathing again. "They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers," Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told WXIA. "That really speaks a lot about my officers, too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family." To show their appreciation, the officer's family later treated the inmates to lunch and dessert. Catherine Garcia

June 22, 2017
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Los Angeles County has an estimated 58,000 homeless people, and it's believed that 20 percent have a pet of some kind. Due to the cost, many of those dogs, cats, and other animals have never seen a vet before, but on Wednesday, a group of volunteer veterinarians and technicians set up a pop-up clinic at the Frank Rice Access Center in downtown Los Angeles and offered their services free of charge.

"It's amazing to see," one volunteer told ABC 7. "You know, a lot of these people would rather feed their dogs than feed themselves. And it's really sad but at the same time amazing. And I feel like half of these people are alive because of their animals."

Edward Irvine came to the clinic with his dogs Apollo, Cherry, and Precious, and told ABC 7 he couldn't imagine life without them. "They keep you calm," he said. "You have responsibilities, you know they're around, they know when you're feeling sad. It's just wonderful support. You know they love me no matter what." Catherine Garcia

June 21, 2017

Like every superhero, Christian Clark has two identities — sometimes he's a 9-year-old third grader, and then in an instant, he's transformed into Super Black.

Last week, the Chicago resident put on his mask and cape and saved the day, with the help of Make a Wish Illinois. Clark was born with a life-threatening congenital heart problem, and has had to undergo several open heart surgeries. His wish was to be a superhero for the day, and the city delivered; the Chicago Police Department drove him in a motorcade to different places around town, where he defeated such villains as Bane and Mr. Freeze. People watched the young crimefighter from apartment buildings, restaurants, and rooftops, and cheered him on. It was a special moment, Clark's mother said, because "some nights, I didn't think he would make it this far, and that's why it's so important," she told CBS Chicago. Catherine Garcia

June 19, 2017
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With their latest gift of $32 million to Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, Richard and Melanie Lundquist have given more than $100 million total over the last several years.

"It's just a fabulous organization that we're pleased to be a little part of," Richard Lundquist told ABC Los Angeles. The philanthropists believe in the strength of community hospitals and their ability to provide excellent care to local residents. Through this latest donation, two new institutes will be created — one for orthopedics, the other for neuroscience. "It's really important that people across the country recognize if you live in the wrong ZIP code, you might be DOA," Melanie Lundquist said.

Melanie Lundquist served as a volunteer at the hospital in the 1980s, and after having this behind-the-scenes look, was inspired to give back in a different way. In a statement, the hospital, founded in 1925, said that $100 million is the largest known contribution from one donor to a non-teaching/non-research hospital in the United States. Catherine Garcia

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