Thank you to our Sister City of Gwangju, Korea for their generous donation of nearly 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, which will be used to help the San Antonio residents who are working day in and day out to keep our city safe. Since 1981, Gwangju and San Antonio have shared a strong and vibrant Sister City relationship with notable cultural and educational exchanges.

We publish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday afternoon. If you want to get the news sooner, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

Found in the Express-News, 7 May, 2020
COVID-19 has altered church, religious services, but worship still offers comfort amid coronavirus
“It all boils down to love. The acts of compassion are how love is exhibited. So how are we loving others in this situation?”

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 May, 2020
Volunteers launch Frontline Foods chapter in San Antonio to fuel fight against COVID-19, keep restaurants open
They raised more than $5,000 in their first three weeks and have made two deliveries. The first delivery was to University Hospital with food from Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant.

Found in the Express-News, 7 May, 2020
Catholic Charities aids thousands of families in West Side distribution
Partnering with seven nonprofits and private corporations, Catholic Charities distributed food, diapers and face masks to thousands of households Wednesday night on the West Side.

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 May, 2020
San Antonio City Council passes ‘COVID-19 Anti-Hate Resolution’
Resolution denounces terms like ‘Chinese Virus’ or ‘Kung Fu virus’ for “the safety and well-being of all community members, including the Asian and Jewish communities.”

Found in the Express-News, 8 May, 2020
No homeless person in San Antonio has tested positive for COVID-19 so far; they’re resilient, advocates say
“In our new scaled-up strategy, all congregate settings – jails, homeless shelters, nursing homes, assisted living facilities – will get universal screening and universal testing,”

Found in the Rivard Report, 8 May, 2020
Spurs’ Patty Mills: Sip Coffee on Mother’s Day, Help Domestic Abuse Victims
He was concerned that the issue of domestic violence had been overlooked during the coronavirus pandemic.

Seen on KSAT 12, 8 May, 2020
Spurs guard Patty Mills asking San Antonio to shop at 8 local coffee shops for good cause
He said Coach Popovich has helped team understand there is a bigger world out there and he’s using platform to make impact.

Found in the Express-News, 8 May, 2020
Donors pitch in to help, but nonprofits in San Antonio struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic
“The front line has been redefined by this pandemic. It’s not just about giving food, it’s about helping isolated seniors or helping kids do distance learning.”

Found in the Express-News, 8 May, 2020
Northside coaches jump at opportunity to help San Antonio Food Bank
In aiding the Food Bank, the coaches are practicing NISD’s “serving beyond the game” credo established by athletic director Stan Laing and supported by superintendent Brian Woods.

Found in the Express-News, 8 May, 2020
How an army of San Antonio students is helping contact trace for the coronavirus
70 trained volunteers have called hundreds of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, sussing out their recent movements and interactions with others.

Found in the Express-News, 8 May, 2020
Banner from Artpace exhibit ‘Word on the Street’ is being auctioned to benefit San Antonio refugee center
Weems’ piece, which was sewn by seamstress Fereshteh Kasraei, is expected to be sold for between $20,000 and $30,000.

Found in the Express-News, 8 May, 2020
On other side of this crisis, what will humanity be?
Compassion is a choice and a systemic strategy of intentional actions based on millennia of human experience and research. The best drumbeat is the one that resonates with the heartbeat.

Seen on KENS 5, 9 May, 2020
Gym hosts burpee marathon to raise money for San Antonio Food Bank
So far, staff at the gym have done nearly 3,000 burpees—one for every dollar that’s been donated.

Seen on KSAT 12, 9 May, 2020
Church hosts ongoing food drive to help community
Resurrection Church hopes to fill 100 barrels with food. “I believe that it is our responsibility, to take care of everybody.”

Found in the Express-News, 11 May, 2020
South San Antonio high school senior starts project to help younger students isolate at home due to COVID-19 restrictions
They chose plants as a practical gift that doubles as therapy, something that teens could care for while staying at home.

Found in the Express-news, 10 May, 2020
Mother’s Day is so much more than a Hallmark occasion
Mother’s Day is a celebration of mothers committed to ensuring their children’s environment is healthy and peaceful.

Found in the Rivard Report, 11 May, 2020
Family Independence Initiative to Fight Poverty During and After Pandemic
Rather than create new agencies or programs, FII empowers low-income communities to be their own biggest assets by building social and professional networks within them.

Found in the Rivard Report, 11 May, 2020
¡VIVA! Telethon Raises $5,200 for Bexar County Artists
“Artists don’t have many gigs right now, and artists shouldn’t suffer more than they already do.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 11 May, 2020
United Way launches ‘Get Shift Done’ to employ hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19
The initiative will pay hourly workers to serve volunteer shifts at local nonprofit organizations, making, serving or delivering food to needy families in our area.

Found in the Current, 11 May, 2020
The Shops at Alamo Ranch Donates 400 Meals to San Antonio First Responders
Alamo Ranch purchased lunches from its restaurant tenants and delivered them to healthcare professionals, police and firefighters in the area surrounding the shopping center.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 May, 2020
San Antonio teen uses her art business to help hungry kids
Styra Goldblatt’s coloring sheets include messages that encourage six feet of distancing, sharing and washing your hands. All of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit @nokidhungry.

Seen on KENS 5, 11 May, 2020
How to help seniors feel connected during lonely times
District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval’s office is organizing phone chats to help seniors feel connected during a time of isolation.

Found in the Express-News, 13 May, 2020
Nurses rise to the challenge of COVID-19
Together, our faculty and students are living daily the most precious of our missions — social justice — as we provide care to our community.

Found in the Express-News, 12 May, 2020
San Antonio’s Chabad Center celebrates Jewish holiday with community event to ease coronavirus-caused isolation
Rabbi Block said a common message during the holiday is one of unity, more important than ever during a time when people may feel alone.

Seen on KENS 5, 13 May, 2020
8-year-old girl donates lemonade stand money to San Antonio Food Bank
Khloe Robles donated more than $1,000, which provides over 7,000 meals at the food bank.


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