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Found in the Express-News, 25 Dec 2019
Jewish congregation delivers Christmas meals to San Antonio first responders
For three years now, the congregation has been feeding public safety workers who otherwise might not get a hearty meal and instead fill up on cookies and sweets on the holiday.

Seen on KENS 5, 25 December, 2019
University Hospital makes sure NICU babies don’t miss their first photo with Santa
Hospital staff are ensuring even their tiniest patients didn’t miss a visit from Santa, and giving parents who might be away from home a way to be festive.

Seen on KENS 5, 25 December, 2019
Volunteers spread Christmas cheer at Haven for Hope
More than $80,000 worth of donated socks, shoes and toiletry items were passed out to about 500 guests.

Found on WOAI 4, 25 December, 2019
SA Clubhouse open during holidays to help those living, dealing with mental health illness
A connection to family is important this time of year, even if it’s not your own.

Found in the Express-News, 26 December, 2019
San Antonio domestic violence victims receive free Ring surveillance devices from local police agencies
“Lives are much more important than property. That’s why we decided these doorbells need to be given to victims of domestic violence.”

Found in the Express-News, 26 December, 2019
Once homeless, San Antonio woman is determined to make the most of her new apartment — and new life
The program houses individuals and families who meet certain criteria, including being “chronically homeless” and having a physical or mental health disability.

Seen on Spectrum News, 27 December, 2019
Former High School Football Players Giving Back to San Antonio Neighborhood
“I know this area is tough and I have six sons so I see the way that it can turn from good to bad easily with guys. So if they came from this area, and they are helping, it’s wonderful— wonderful, wonderful.”

Seen on KENS 5, 27 December, 2019
Founder of nonprofit pushing to expand Texas ‘Baby Moses’ law
“The average age of the babies that I bury is four months. That’s two months past the Baby Moses Law. Why can’t we change this?”

Found in the Express-news, 27 December, 2019
Homeless families find refuge while working toward stability
Since opening its doors in February 2004, Strong Foundation has helped more than 760 families, including more than 1,500 children.

Found in the Express-News, 27 December, 2019
Spanglish speaks volumes about inclusion and heritage
“Spanglish…connects them to their families and their communities. It represents, for them, an identity that is neither completely Mexican nor completely American but both.”

Found in the Express-News, 29 December, 2019
St. Philip’s College graduate climbed obstacles for degree — homelessness, for one
Throughout Johnson’s life, there have been people looking out for him, offering what they could to help him succeed.

Seen on KENS 5, December 25, 2019
‘He’s an angel’: San Antonio man pays $200 for stranger’s meds on Christmas Day
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. “One hundred times over, I’d do it again,” Bshr Sardini said.

Found in the Express-news, 30 December, 2019
Helping San Antonio animals is young woman’s road to independence
“I want to help these amazing animals. I want to make sure they have a healthy, happy life.”

Found in the Express-News, 30 December, 2019
Trinity’s Christine Drennon: Mapping San Antonio’s economic segregation
Cities are about public space…you’re bumping into people you don’t know, you encounter difference all the time — you don’t look like me, you don’t talk like me, you may have different values than me, but somehow we’re sharing the same space, so we’re going to make it work.

Found in the Express-News, 31 December, 2019
Charity knitters in San Antonio make hats, blankets — and a difference for those in need
“They find a sense of community working with other knitters to make things for people in need.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 31 December, 2019
Edwards Aquifer Conservancy launches research program to help better protect water quality for millions of people
“We’re talking about a generational impact, and I think that sometimes is lost in the discussions about protecting our resources.”

Found in KENS 5, 31 December, 2019
Cosmetologist looks to pay it forward in 2020
“You can give someone money, or things they need, but to give them a skill they can take with them for life, that’s bigger.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 1 January, 2020
San Antonio’s Response to Migrant Influx Showed Compassion, Solidarity
That simple and loving touch not only proved that these migrants were not carrying the highly infectious disease but that those in the center are human beings that needed to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.


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