San Antonio is a Compassionate City!
. . . one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. Every Wednesday, Compassionate San Antonio publishes a roundup of the compassionate acts we’ve found. Use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate actions! Follow us on @compassionNET1 to see them on Twitter as we find them.
Compassionate Acts in past 75 weeks
San Antonio Chefs Cooking Up Diverse Array of Cuisines for Taste the Dream Gala Benefiting East Side | El programa escolar ofrecería ayuda a los niños que enfrentan el trauma de ver a sus padres arrestados | San Antonio military veterans learn songwriting, make connections at Soldier Songs and Voices workshop | City of San Antonio Selected for National Housing Award | San Antonio’s Sikh community feeds federal agents during government shutdown | San Antonio Receives Bloomberg Staffers, Support for Climate Initiatives | San Antonio students join others from Texas and Mexico to debate drones, sex trafficking and other issues at Model United Nations | Bees | Son’s Passing Inspires Life of Giving for Richmond Family | GOOD WORKS SA: He dreams big for cultural inclusivity in SA | Artpace brings protest banner show ‘Word on the Street’ to San Antonio | Alamo Colleges Developing Free Tuition Program for All Bexar County HS Grads | Alamo City Opera Stages As One, a Transgender Story Of Unity and Difference | Bakery Lorraine offering free coffee, pastry to government employees during shutdown | Local non-profit offer services in wake of King Jay Davila’s death | Crimen violento decrece en san antonio | Councilwoman Sandoval’s Push for More Transparent, Thoughtful Public Engagement | Tennis empowers individuals with Down syndrome | Army medic transforms shelter dogs into international competitors | Texas Diaper Bank offering assistance to government employees affected by shutdown | Catholic Charities helping families affected by government shutdown, asking for donations | San Antonio’s 2M Smokehouse offering free pulled pork tacos to employees furloughed by the government shutdown | Teams of counselors respond to Harlan, Clark High Schools after student deaths |read more
As Kawhi returns, fans have a choice | Why blood donors are needed after the holidays | Thankfully, you can still use the bathrooms at San Antonio’s missions, despite federal shutdown | Battle with cancer leads local man and family to help children eat healthier | What I learned teaching Islamic studies in Texas | Boerne startup Grain4Grain turns beer byproduct into flour, pancake mix | Spurs team up with Ashley Home Store to donate mattresses to underprivileged children | Battered women’s shelter building pet facility | Needy East Side church shares what bounty it has with San Antonio’s homeless and poor | Future in San Antonio? Julián Castro wants to make that case. | Volunteers make dozens of blankets for shelter pets at San Antonio Animal Care Services | What’s Up South Texas!: Man teaches life skills to youth through customized bikes | Bexar County sheriff hires psychologist to tackle ‘pervasive issue’ of deputy misconduct | How San Antonio educators are bridging cultural gaps to involve parents | Carol Burnett’s childhood house now home to west side nonprofit | Casa Mia, a safe haven in San Antonio for mothers recovering from opioid addiction, opens its doors | San Antonian gives meaning to gaming at local children’s hospital | North East ISD school opens Social Emotional Learning Lab | Reviving Guadalupe Plaza a matter of dignity, community | San Antonio police will let schools know about students who witness trauma |read more
Mr. and Mrs. G’s Serves Up Soul Food in San Antonio | Man offers free hugs to strangers | Doing jail time while learning how to be a nurturing father | St. Jude’s Ranch For Children Texas gets surprise visitor | San Antonio Author Rudy Ruiz Seeks to Build Bridges, Not Walls, Through Fiction | At Methodist Children’s Hospital, dogs bring comfort through ‘power of the paw’ | Taking the reins to help troubled young people | San Antonio photographer Michael Nye explores blindness in book, Witte Museum exhibit |read more
Nonprofit helps West Side teens and their families | Salvation Army San Antonio making Christmas wishes come true | Bexar County Sheriff delivers presents to children dialysis patients | Northside ISD spreads holiday cheer with gift-giving program | CASA entregará juguetes a decenas de niños víctimas de abuso | Therapy dog spreads holiday cheer, brings gifts to Children’s Shelter | Airport ambassadors’ help ease holiday travel headaches for SA passengers | The true spirit of Christmas, 50 years on | Poetry readers were in the mood for ‘Kindness’ in 2018 | Treviño Seeks a Mobile Shower Truck for San Antonio’s Homeless Population | H-E-B prepares for 26th annual Feast of Sharing dinner | Chow Train halts Tuesday night meals after 13 years | Bearing gifts, Edgewood police emphasize the ‘peace’ in peace officer | ‘Fake News,’ Donald Trump ‘MAGA’ Sign Placed Outside Texas Holocaust Memorial Museum | SA cancer survivor gifts blankets to patients going through chemo | Vigil Honors Deceased Homeless People | Christy’s Hope gifts $500,000 to Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter | Mounds of garbage, but no cleanup plan | Church holds free toy giveaway for families in need | Activists Head to Tornillo for Christmas | Community rebuilds West Side home destroyed by fire | Local advocates remember 7-yr-old migrant who died in custody, call for change Christmas came early for some San Antonio kids | | Feast of Sharing serves up Christmas cheer | Power broker: J. Antonio Fernandez, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio | Francisco Cigarroa’s Efforts to Expand Education for Students, Medical Professionals a Game Changer for Texas | Guide Dogs of Texas help connect the blind to fuller lives | A Dilley delivery for Christmas | Deserving families surprised on Christmas Eve at San Antonio Zoo | Christmas comes a day early for homeless in east San Antonio | San Antonio girl goes from making wishes to granting them for other hospitalized kids | Medical Outreach Program a Lightly Treaded Pathway to the Streets | The Chow Train rolls out after final Tuesday meal | Haven For Hope feeds 500 hot meals on Christmas | SAC Mortuary Science Students Focus on Helping Families Amid Grief | Children lifting burden for homeless families this holiday | North Central Baptist Hospital helping families with children in NICU |read more
San Antonio’s United Way Campaign Exceeds 2018 Goal by $5M | Going Global: Raba Kistner, Engineer of SA’s Most Transformative Projects, Bought by Aussie Firm | Delicious Tamales offering flavor and second chances | A one-man initiative putting a dent in homelessness | Thousands of autistic adults in Bexar County go without services | Baptist Health Foundation Continues Grant Legacy, Gives $7.2M to Area Nonprofits | UIW holds vigil calling for end to gun violence | Taking the fear out of veterinarian visits for pets | More San Antonio ISD grads getting to elite colleges — but that’s the easy part | City of SA delivers toys to Toys for Tots program | Más de 11,000 niños de San Antonio recibirán un regalo de Navidad gracias a ‘Toys for Tots’ | Empathy Is Essential To Effective Discipline | Police officers to host signing Santa event for deaf children | Santa program brings gifts, joy to lonely senior citizens | Local non-profit to host massive toy giveaway Saturday | Migrant Caravan a Lesson in ‘Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves’ | San Antonio Youth Ballet performance of holiday Nutcracker benefits kids in need | San Antonio nonprofit and church host Christmas party for refugee children | San Antonio couple raises $1,500 for homeless man selling newspapers on corner | San Antonio Firefighters Deliver Gifts to 4,000 Children | Bexar County Sheriffs Spread Holiday Joy to Children of the Incarcerated | Head of San Antonio nonprofit protects asylum-seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border | Families of murder victims come together for ‘homicide remembrance event’ | THA1 Media Kicks Off #CandyCaneGiveBack | The Gift of Volunteering | Hundreds line up for Christmas giveaway on East Side | Paraplegic vet raises awareness for disabled vets through gaming | Volunteer Carolers Bring Holiday Peace and Joy to Bexar County Inmates | Archbishop celebrates Mass at Bexar County Jail | Eva’s Heroes will be onstage for Alamo City Dance’s sensory-friendly ‘Nutcracker’ | After 13 Years of Feeding San Antonio’s Homeless, The Chow Train Ends Its Weekly Dinners | Group sews special caps for children spending holidays in the hospital | Alamo Kiwanis Club donates adaptive tricycles to children with special needs | 12-Year-Old Runs Nonprofit to Treat Police Officers | Post-prison, women find a faith-based haven at Grace House | Prayers answered: Teen gets new smile for Christmas | Haven for Hope brings outreach program to homeless people beyond city limits | “Winter Whataland” Host Children From St. PJ’s, Children’s Shelter of San Antonioread more
6 things a Texas pastor learned from traveling with a group of migrants | Anti-bullying teen advocate at South San High School | San Antonio Symphony plays for children at Methodist Children’s Hospital | Construction community collects Christmas gifts for San Antonio’s foster children | Haven for Hope Holiday Party Provides Joy, Respite to Residents | Boy’s final wish still being fulfilled 10 years later | San Antonio Man Working To Erase Stigma Of Schizophrenia | West Side San Antonio’s Elders: ‘I’m Still Here’ | ‘Convoy of Hope’ bringing holiday cheer, food to seniors in need | Organ Donor Group Plans Larger New Facility at South Texas Medical Center | 100 pairs of youth sport shoes available at no cost, thanks to local children | Bringing hope — and cupcakes — to dancers working at San Antonio’s strip clubs | A happier holidays for families in need, thanks to local church program | Local kids receive gifts of bikes and helmets at Spurs game | Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich deliver new shoes to elementary school students | Bexar County jail inmates to learn how to be better fathers in class | Organization offers kits to help schools start food pantries now allowed by state law | Volunteers ‘just helping’ immigrants | Mountain biking therapy helps veterans with PTSD | San Antonio’s Majority by Minority Should Serve as a Thriving National Example | RAICES To Partner With Medical Community To Aid Detained Migrants | As law enforcement targets pimps, service providers seek to help young victims | BCSO partnering with Alcoholics Anonymous to help deputies battle addiction |read more
Law enforcement mentors working with students in troubled neighborhoods | An 11-year-old leader in the classroom | San Antonio Running Program Helps Homeless Win at Life | ‘Puppies and Pilates’ class benefits animals in need | Donate a toy to a refugee child living in San Antonio | Giving Back and Making an Impact | Univision San Antonio se une a la campaña “Unidos por la nuestra” | At San Antonio College, Sometimes $17 Can Help Stop A Student From Dropping Out | San Antonio Marks World AIDS Day With Awareness Campaign | Volunteers bring holiday cheer to children living with Spina Bifida | Woman transforms recyclables into art for others | Gotcha Covered holds its 22nd annual donation drive | Family Service Association’s large reach helps thousands | Rabbi calls for education, unity, Hanukkah celebration despite offensive graffiti | ‘Elf Louise’ going on 5 decades of helping SA kids at Christmas | San Antonio’s Project QUEST wins national $1 million grant | Youth in dropout-recovery program building homes in San Antonio | SA Food Bank celebrates eighth annual Harvest from the Heart campaign | Reaching out to people who are homeless |read more
San Antonio Youth Literacy mentors second-graders | Quenedit Dance Theatre aims to make dance accessible | Culinary students cook Thanksgiving dinner for abused, neglected children in shelter | ‘FEAST OF THE HEART’ IS JIMENEZ’S LEGACY | Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Serves Thousands of Pounds of Food to Thousands of People | Meals on Wheels expected to serve more than 2,000 this Thanksgiving | Thankful for San Antonio, a Compassionate Center of Action | This holiday season, text ‘compassion’ to 55000 | Volunteers work to make city more inclusive for people with different abilities | SA restaurant steps in to save Thanksgiving for neglected children | Bomberos de San Antonio celebran Acción de Gracias con miembros de las Fuerzas Armadas | Familias adoptan a soldados en Thanksgiving | Local runners help fight hunger at 9th annual Turkey Trot | Dress for Success helps low-income women get a foot in the corporate door | His success story started with books | Felony veterans court helps the struggling | Tracy’s Dogs volunteer fosters those needing extra attention | Vet Triip offer relief from pain and stress | League of Women Voters steps up its local game | Cuddlers who volunteer to comfort fussy babies find it soothing for themselves | Wayward Whiskers rescues stray cats with little hope | Food Bank Around For Nearly 40 Years | Right at Home helps clients remain independent | Charity groups make a difference in the lives of San Antonians | Clients of Alpha Home receive another chance at life | Nonprofit offers adaptive sports for youths | Strangers offer to help sisters whose wheelchair ramps were stolen | How to make a difference on Giving Tuesday, in San Antonio and around the world | A healing space for San Antonio women | Any Woman Can providing free health services for San Antonio girls, women | San Antonio brothers benefit from Giving Tuesday partner | Local HS students using socks to provide comfort for cancer patients during chemo | GIs lacked the basics until Soldiers’ Angels changed itread more
University Hospital surgeons among the doctors who recommend ways to reduce gun deaths and injuries | Mayors, Councilmembers & Local Leaders Form National Task Force to Address Housing Crisis Facing Cities Across the Country | Generations FCU shares holiday cheer by giving first responders free turkeys | SeaWorld Helps Rescue Cold Stunned Sea Turtles | Pop by San Antonio’s uplifting new mural before it’s too late | Councilwomen Viagran, Gonzales and Sandoval issue statements regarding today’s unanimous approval of a Women’s Equity Resolution | San Antonio Pastor Planning Second Trip with Migrant Caravan | Students, nonprofit team up to collect blankets for immigrant families | DoSeum to offer reduced admission for low-income families | Stevens HS students surprise classmate with bike after his was stolen | Southside ISD Prepares Feast for 350 Families | University students get behind a worthy cause | San Antonio has been named a highly livable city for immigrants | Importance of showing gratitude | Ruth’s Chris Franchise Owner Tours New RMYA Facility | The spirit of giving | SAPD can translate for victims in more than 200 languages | Graffiti artist transforms dark past into inspirational art for others | Tattoo shop offering free tattoos for toys | Battered Women and Children’s Shelter prepares to house more victims | Uninsured breast cancer patients find support through San Antonio WINGS | Aspergers101 helps families cope with autism | San Antonio Area Foundation Plans to Continue Making a Difference in the Community | Latino nonprofit gears up for Thanksgiving in the Barrio | Voluntarios ayudan con la preparación de la cena de Acción de Gracias de Raúl Jiménez | Catholic Charities of San Antonio helping migrant families enjoy first Thanksgiving | Teen donates blankets for children in need | Elf Louis Christmas Project powered by volunteers | Child’s generosity inspires Jaxon’s FROG Foundation to comfort kids with cancer | San Antonians Mark Transgender Day of Remembrance with Memorial Service | Toy drive bringing holiday cheer to children of murder victims | 10 Ways to Help Out At Home: If You’re Looking to Give Back, These San Antonio Nonprofits Could Use Your Love | Providence Place looks to its past in new mission | H-E-B Donating 225,000 Pounds of Turkey to Food Banks Statewideread more
Volunteer’s handmade toys ‘are just a little piece of happy’ | Texas Diaper Bank Expands Warehouse To Serve More People in Need | San Antonio College opens Student Advocacy Center to help students in need | Catholics Answer ‘Call To Action’ On Social Justice Issues | CityFest Keynote: Residents’ Health, Happiness Is the Measure of a City’s Success | Briscoe Elementary Receives $16K from ‘Silver and Black Gives Back’ | Esta organización ayuda a miles de familias distribuyendo cinco millones de pañales | Inside KIPP’s school-by-school discipline transformation | High school runner always finishes last, but never quits | Community Replenishes ACS Pet Pantry | Local emergency shelter receives $100k grant to help feed children in need | Wounded San Antonio vet working out to work back to normal | How you can help homeless people in San Antonio this winter | San Antonio pastor is walking with the caravan | Local group helps women exit adult entertainment industry | Elf Louise celebrates 50 years of serving thousands of families | Students Make the World a Better Place | Eight San Antonio firefighters heading to California with cohort of about 200 from Texas | Local chef who turned life around wants to empower city’s youth | New center to help outgoing military members transition to civilian life in Bexar County | Dist. 8 Councilman Palaez: Combat domestic violence in LGBTQ community | Nonprofit to open new child development center on East Side to help underprivileged families | San Antonio woman celebrates 101st birthday by donating 101 toys for kids | Homeless veteran asks for help this Veterans Day | Local boxer takes off gloves to fight hunger | Salvation Army helping SA’s homeless during first freeze | Metro Health working to improve birth outcomes for homeless women by connecting them to resources | Pastor Wanted to Know the Truth About the Migrant Caravan. So He Joined Itread more
UTSA forum confronts thorny free speech questions | Students in a San Antonio cooking contest take on youth hunger | Colonies North Elementary’s Parade of Nations Celebrates Diverse Backgrounds, Immigration | Catholic Charities preparing for migrant caravan | Members of San Antonio synagogue call for togetherness after deadly Pittsburgh shooting | ‘HIS WAS THE VOICE OF HUMANITY’ | Oscar Romero’s life calls to us in face of migrant caravan | ‘Cars and Candy’ raises money with classic and modern cars to help the homeless | San Antonio announces support for Pittsburgh after deadly synagogue shooting | Local artists paint the columns beneath I-35 in San Antonio | Noted Ad Man Lionel Sosa Pitching Idea of Success to Disadvantaged Students | San Antonians Rally Around Jewish Community after Pittsburgh Shooting | Brighton Center expansion to help more children with developmental delays | San Antonio March Out Hunger food drive to aid military community | Morgan’s Wonderland aims to make Shakespeare inclusive | Asylum-Seekers Find Help In San Antonio | Indian festival celebrates light over the darkness of evil | Volunteers construct new playground for local Boys & Girls Club | Nonprofits Hold Event to Feed Eastside San Antonio Community | San Antonio swim instructor teaches children with disabilities to swim | San Antonio pastor discusses taking in immigrants from detention centers | VIA Offering Free Bus Fare in San Antonio on Election Day | David Robinson To Mentor IDEA Carver Students in New Leadership Program | Doctors Without Borders brings awareness about humanitarian issues to SA | Southside ISD Breaks Ground For On-Campus Medical Clinicread more
San Antonio’s Compost Queens taking food out of landfills to replenish the land | Faith Leaders Unite to Seek Solutions to Homelessness, Gentrification in San Antonio | NEISD program ensures students in after-school programs are well-fed | Pop calls for civil conversations about race | New stop signs outside high school one month after student hit by car | New San Antonio art class helps blind students feel the beauty of art | 4‑H Mentoring Program Gives Texas Teen Her Voice | Humana Foundation donates $1.8 million to SA Food Bank, OATS | Heart surgery for IV drug users raises moral questions | Policía local participa en un calendario en apoyo al Children’s Hospital of San Antonio | Nonprofit Aimed At Helping Seniors Bridge The Digital Divide Launches In San Antonio | Parade Celebrates Disability as ‘Natural Part of Human Diversity’ | New Clinic to Help Opioid Addicted Mothers, Babies in Bexar County | Mayor Nirenberg Issues Proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month | The public housing priest | A friendly smile and it made someone feel welcome | Feral Cat Coalition doing amazing work with few resources | Edgewood ISD Hosts Bullying Symposium | AirBNB hosts in San Antonio offer free stays for flooding evacuees | Rescue activists criticize Animal Care intake policyread more