San Antonio Threads collected 600 backpacks for Judson ISD students who will (eventually) be returning to school. We publish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday afternoon. If you want to get the new 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 Current, 29 July, 2020
H-E-B Announces New ‘Summer of Giving’ Initiative, Commits up to $2 Million to Feeding Texas
They pledged to donate to nonprofit group @FeedingTexas each time a shopper buys an H-E-B brand product, more than 20 million meals for hungry Texans.

Found in the Express-News, 29 July, 2020
‘Like Christmas in the summer’ — SAISD gives books away by the bag to keep children reading during coronavirus shutdown
“Roll into Reading” replaced the book fairs that schools used to hold in May to send students home for the summer with reading material.

Found in the Rivard Report, 30 July, 2020
Produce, Rice, and Beans: Nonprofit Housing Group Supplies Staples to Residents in Need
American Agape has handed out more than 500 boxes of food containing fresh produce, rice, and beans since March, when the impact of the coronavirus pandemic started hitting the unemployed, elderly, and disabled particularly hard.

Seen on KENS 5, 30 July, 2020
‘This is something I can do’: San Antonians among the first to participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials
“I see it that we all benefit from vaccines that are created, and people need to be a part of that.”

Seen on KSAT 12, July 31, 2020
Black is Beautiful craft beer campaign nets $20K donation to San Antonio nonprofit
“I was trying to figure out a way as a black business owner how I can put my best foot forward and assist with the message and the mission of equality.”

Found in the Express-News, 31 July, 2020
‘The stick and the carrot’ — a new Bexar County specialty court aims to turn around first-time domestic abuse defendants
“It’s a huge opportunity for getting a case dismissed that would have given you lifelong problems if you had a conviction.”

Found in the New York Time, 31 July, 2020
‘The Better I Got in Sports, the Worse the Racism Got’
“For the first time in my career, I’ve had teammates, old teammates, coaches, old coaches, even old friends — the almost universal question they ask is: ‘What can I do to help?’ Just by so many people saying that, I feel like there is a tide change.”

Seen on KENS 5, 2 August, 2020
Organization to host virtual screenings of anti-bullying documentaries
It’s free for the first 1,000 participants followed by a live panel of experts on the topics like anxiety, social media, and bullying.

Seen on KSAT 12, 3 Augut, 2020
RN helps people regain identities through tattoo removal program
Loretta Kent helps people remove unwanted tattoos from faces, necks, and other body parts keeping them from entering the workforce.

Found in the Rivard Report, 5 August, 2020
Black Lives Matter-Inspired Mural Surfaces on Downtown Streets
SA Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson’s poem reads: “Jubilant and exuberant is the melanin of our skin / From despair, we have arisen.”


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