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This Nurse From Las Vegas Was On A Plane On Her Way To ‘The Ellen Show’ On The Same Night That The Mass Shooting Took Place


“It sucks that it takes something like this for people to have the courage to go do something good for other people.”

Two weeks ago, Ellen DeGeneres took a trip to Las Vegas and stopped by a casino to surprise whoever was playing on the official “Ellen” slot machine. Ellen ran into Zully Hernandez, a Las Vegas resident, who was trying her luck on the slot machine.

After meeting Hernandez and falling in love with her personality, Ellen invited Hernandez to be an audience member at a taping of her show in California. After she arrived to California this past Sunday, Hernandez was awoken by a phone call from a friend that night. “They’re calling nurses to come in. There’s a code triage,” learned Hernandez as she was informed about the mass shooting that had taken place in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Hernandez wouldn’t be able to help that night.

During the taping of her show, Ellen invited Hernandez onto the stage and asked her how people can help those who have been affected by the attack in Las Vegas. Hernandez said, “We need blood desperately.” Hernandez added, “It sucks that it takes something like this for people to have the courage to go do something good for other people.” She says she wishes people could help each other like this every day.

After Ellen asked about Hernandez’s family, she explained to Ellen that her son is attending college in Florida, while her husband is working a construction job in northern California. She said that other members of her family are living in Puerto Rico, including a cousin in Puerto Rico who hasn’t been able to receive the money they have sent to them. In response, Ellen reassured Hernandez, “We’ll make sure we know who your cousin is because Ricky Martin is there now and we sent someone with him and we’re taking care of a lot of things right now.”

Ellen then surprised her with two familiar faces: her son and her husband. Hernandez broke down in tears of joy as they made their way onto the stage and thanked Ellen for the huge and heartwarming surprise. Despite all of the horrific things that have occurred across the world in such a short period of time, Ellen reminds us that there is lots of good in this world.

READ: Here’s What You Can Do If You’re Feeling Helpless Over The Las Vegas Shooting

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Venezuelan Women Are Making Almost Quadruple The Nation's Monthly Minimum Wage By Selling Their Hair

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Venezuelan Women Are Making Almost Quadruple The Nation’s Monthly Minimum Wage By Selling Their Hair

Hair has become product women sell to help support their families.

As the economic crisis in Venezuela continues, Venezuelans are trying unconventional methods to make ends meet. According to a video by Vocativ, one way Venezuelans women are making things work is by selling their hair. Reuters reports that the monthly minimum wage for a Venezuelan can dip as low as $6, but selling hair can earn around $21 in Venezuela. Seems like a no-brainer for those who can spare some hair. Some women have even resorted to traveling to Colombia and Panama, where they can sell their hair for higher prices, according to Vocativ. The extreme shortage of basic necessities, like food and toilet paper, has pushed average Venezuelans to make drastic decisions about the way they make money.

“I thought, ‘Whatever God wants. I’m going to cut my hair.’ I had it very long and I said, ‘I’m going to sell it,'” Crismary Gonzalez, a Venezuelan woman who has sold her hair twice, told Reuters. “My children come first, then my hair. Hair grows back.”

Venezuela has been dealing with political and economic turmoil for months as President Nicolas Maduro has taken hold of the government and silenced all political opponents. The South American country recently drew scrutiny after offering millions of dollars in aid to U.S. states and Caribbean islands that have been impacted by recent hurricanes. Some are skeptical about the humanitarian efforts and assume that Venezuela is only doing it to win political points.

Check out Al Jazeera’s report on Venezuelan women selling their hair below.

READ: Through Music, Nacho And Spotify Hope To Spread The Word Of Venezuela’s Crisis

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