Students at Kennedy High School in Edgewood School District have been mentoring students at Winston Elementary, and they all got to spend the day at the San Antonio Zoo before the school year ended. And the NEISD Royal Ridge kindergarten kids collected more than 17,000 tabs for the Ronald McDonald House as part of their year-long service learning project titled “Helping Others.” The Ronald McDonald Houses recycle the metal to help fund their services. Every Wednesday we bring you the Compassion News Roundup #compassionateSA.

Seen on KSAT 12, 23 May, 2018
H-E-B donates 1.5 million apples to food banks across Texas
About 650,000 pounds of apples were delivered to various food banks.

Found in the SA Current, 23 May, 2018
Doors are Opening for Needle Exchange Programs, But There’s Still Work to Do
“It is religious organizations and nonprofits and pharmacies that are doing this because it is the right thing to do… What the county and the city are doing is trying to make sure that everybody knows the resources that are available.”

Also found in the Rivard Report, 23 May, 2018
Underground Syringe Exchange Programs Encouraged to Go Public
Providing sterile needles to intravenous drug users helps stop the spread of disease and cuts down on costs associated with treating people who have contracted HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C.

Seen on FOX 29, 23 May, 2018
Community group looks for ways to reduce summer crimes
The West End Hope in Action Organization hosted a community walk and talk. They went door-to-door in a neighborhood near Culebra and Zarzamora asking residents what they would like to see done in order to reduce crime over the summer.

Found in the Rivard Report, 23 May, 2018
District 9 Residents to ‘Vote’ on Councilman Courage’s Budget
“Progressives, conservatives, and anarchists — we all want a playground.”

Seen on KENS 5, 23 May, 2018
Students give colorblind teacher a priceless gift
The students raised $400 to buy him special glasses that allow him to see the colors he never could.

Seen on KSAT 12, 23 May, 2018
Man hopes to overcome homelessness with street performances
Presley admits it is hard for him to be happy at times, but even during his down days, he tries to make others happy as much as he can.

Seen on KENS 5, 23 May, 2018
Operation Comfort Sled Hockey Team
The San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team functions primarily as therapy for wounded warriors recuperating from paralysis, amputation or un-checked anger.

Seen on FOX 29, 23 May, 2018
Inmates say they are now being charged for calls at city jail
“Imagine that right now, you get arrested. You are calling to an elderly parent who is 50, 60 or 70 – not very technically savvy, and they are trying to follow these instructions to set up a special account so they can talk to their loved one who is trying to get them out of jail.”

Found in the Express-News, 24 May, 2018
Philanthropist to make major donation to children’s hospital
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio today will receive a $1.4 million donation from philanthropist Harvey Najim to be used to buy two ground ambulances designed with children in mind.

Found on KENS 5, 23 May, 2018
New project connects Bexar County deputies with kids
“Bigs In Blue” allows deputies and staff who want to help kids in need of a friend provide that support with the help of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Seen on KSAT 12, 24 May, 2018
Moms Demand Action hosts community meeting to discuss gun safety
“We are not rallying against guns but gun violence. We are in favor of common sense in the framework of the Second Amendment.”

Seen on FOX 29, 24 May, 2018
‘Project Cool’ in need of box fans for elderly, disabled
“Because senior citizens’ health is already very fragile, the temperatures do affect them more.”

Seen in the SA Current, 24 May, 2018
Activists Take Paid Sick Leave Fight to San Antonio with 144,000 Signatures
“The people who can least afford to take an unpaid day off are the least likely to have paid sick leave.”

Found on Texas 1st Lady Cecelia Abbot’s blog, 24 May, 2018
Texanthropy Spotlight: Haven for Hope – 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners
To date, more than 3,600 volunteers experiencing homelessness have participated in the Ambassador Program.

Seen on KSAT 12, 25 May, 2018
SA principal receives praise for serving breakfast to 400+ elementary students
“It doesn’t matter what your job title is, if someone needs help, then you do it.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 26 May, 2018
Family Justice Center offers plethora of services for domestic violence victims in Bexar County
Center’s free services make it easier to ask for help.

Found on KSAT 12, 25 May, 2018
Officials escort kids to school as part of pedestrian safety initiative
Twice a week, police and others walk with students on their route to school, reminding them to use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing.

Found in the Express-News. 27 May, 2018
San Antonio a world-class city? World class? Really? Let’s discuss
“We need a moral conversation in this mix.”

Found in the Express-News, 21 May, 2018
S.A. nuns’ stories are in national curriculum
“Nuns live counterculture” . . . Millennials are searching for such meaning and, like nuns, are inclined toward social justice.

Seen on KENS 5, 27 May, 2018
Abrazo Birth Mothers celebrates those who gave a child a chance
This is a safe place for birth mothers to share their stories and to be open with others about the choices they’ve made, and to be validated for that.

Seen on FOX 29, 27 May, 2018
40,000 books distributed to help support educators, children in SAISD
The San Antonio Alliance of Teacher and Support Personnel partnered with First Book to distribute 40,000 new books to SAISD parents, teachers and employees.

Also seen on Spectrum News, 26 May, 2018
Nonprofits distribute thousands of free books
Organizers said the books will help students from falling behind on their reading.

Found in the Rivard Report, 27 May, 2018
Local Schools To Offer Mexican-American Studies Electives with ‘San Antonio Flair’
“It is very affirming for students to see their background, culture, and linguistic heritage represented in the classroom.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 27 May, 2018
New Tool Provides Insight Into Factors That Shape San Antonio’s Health
“We can’t improve health without addressing inequity in social and environmental factors, like walkability, park access, and food access.”

Seen on FOX 29, 27 May, 2018
Local boy scout packing cereal boxes, gift cards to feed 100 children
Bryan Grabes’ project helps address the reality that many of the School of Science & Technology Discovery students will experience hunger during the summer.

Also seen on KSAT 12, 28 May, 2018
Boy Scout helps organize summer breakfast meals for 100 families
Giveaway part of Bryan Grabes’ Eagle Scout project.

Found in the Rivard Report, 28 May, 2018
Rezoning Clears Way for Valor Club’s Golf Course Designed for Veterans
Plans call for local agencies and nonprofits to offer on-site counseling, education, and job training services focused on the needs of transitioning veterans.

Seen on KENS 5, 28 May, 2018
SA teen overcomes homelessness, graduates high school
“I was not eager to find help. I wasn’t looking for it. It just started coming to me. It gradually started gravitating my way.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 28 May, 2018
Promotoras Share Lessons in Child Abuse Prevention from a Place of Trust
Because promotoras share the cultural, economic, and social characteristics of those they help, they can work better than outsiders to educate, intervene, and stop child abuse in those neighborhoods.

Written by genealogist Megan Smolenyak on Medium, 27 May, 2018
Why #WhereAreTheChildren Is Personal to Joaquín Castro
Not that any compassionate human being wouldn’t be moved by what’s happening now, but I would imagine that Rep. Castro immediately thought of Victoria when news of the 1,500 missing children broke.

Seen on KSAT 12, 29 May, 2018
Arnold Elementary wins Pepsico Recycle Rally
SAISD school collected 3 million pounds of recyclable plastic, aluminum.

Seen on KSAT 12, 29 May, 2018
Meals on Wheels volunteers check on their clients during hot days
Soaring temperatures leave seniors susceptible to heat stress.

Found in the Express-News, 29 May, 2018
Castro leads San Antonio in a growing number of cities rallying for migrant children
“Just because somebody crosses a border doesn’t make them nonhuman. They should still be treated like human beings.”

Found in the Express-News, 29 May, 2018
University Hospital trauma cases on the rise
Area children hurt by shootings, vehicle accidents, burns or being hit with objects continued a general five-year increase that concerns health officials.

También visto en Telemundo 60, 29 May, 2018
Aumentan “significativamente” cifras de niños baleados [Significant increase in the number of children shot.]
El hospital University revela las tendencias de lesiones graves en el condado de Bexar. [University Hospital reveals serious injury trends in Bexar County.]

Found in the San Antonio Observer, 29 May, 2019
Women Unite
Help Raise 1 Help Save 1, a Non-Profit mentoring young Woman in San Antonio, held their first Young Woman’s Conference this past Saturday at Sam Houston High School.

Seen on KENS 5, 29 May, 2018
Local volunteers help homeless beat the heat
Tuesday afternoon, San Antonio’s @SalvationArmyUS and @GonzabaMedical Group started gearing up to serve people in need.

Found in the Express-News, 29 May, 2018
Just how compassionate are we prepared to be?
“Treating others as we want to be treated means all others. We can do this. We need to do this.”


COMPASSIONATE SAN ANTONIO. . . is a grassroots movement that promotes, supports and celebrates San Antonio’s commitment to be a world-class 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. #compassionateSA
“Treating others as we want to be treated means all others. We can do this. We need to do this.”


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