Tuesday was #WorldKindnessDay and Central Library had this great display up, where you can find books on kindness and ways to better the community through kind acts.
Patrons were invited to write things they can do to make the world a kinder place. Every Wednesday we bring you the Compassionate San Antonio news roundup. If you want to get the news faster, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so that we can find YOUR acts of compassion!

Found in the Express-News, 7 November, 2018
Volunteer’s handmade toys ‘are just a little piece of happy’
He makes 35 or more wooden toys a year that are given to CASA kids at Christmas.

Found in the Rivard Report, 7 November, 2018
Texas Diaper Bank Expands Warehouse To Serve More People in Need
The 30,000-square-foot warehouse stores donated feminine hygiene products, adult and baby diapers, wipes, and other incontinence products to help struggling parents and caregivers with the cost of these expensive, yet necessary goods.

Seen on KENS 5, 7 November, 2018
San Antonio College opens Student Advocacy Center to help students in need
11 percent of its students have nowhere to call home, and 41 percent face food insecurity.

Found on Texas Public Radio, 7 November, 2018
Catholics Answer ‘Call To Action’ On Social Justice Issues
What role can today’s Catholic church and other religious institutions have in weaving love and hope into public policy and personal devotion? In what ways can faith communities encourage inclusiveness, diversity and dialogue during troubling times?

Found in the Rivard Report, 8 November, 2018
CityFest Keynote: Residents’ Health, Happiness Is the Measure of a City’s Success
“When a woman is walking to work along the street because there is no sidewalk, we are telling this woman every day that [she] is a second-class citizen.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 8 November, 2018
Briscoe Elementary Receives $16K from ‘Silver and Black Gives Back’
The check will help students fund programs to reduce food waste and help feed fellow students. Julian, a fifth-grader, came up with the idea after learning how food waste impacts the community.

Visto en KWEX 49, 8 de noviembre de 2018
Esta organización ayuda a miles de familias distribuyendo cinco millones de pañales
El Banco de Pañales ayuda a las familias a tener suficientes pañales para que puedan cambiarlos con frecuencia y mantener la buena salud de su bebé.

Found on ChalkBeat, 8 November, 2018
Inside KIPP’s school-by-school discipline transformation
At KIPP Camino — where 96 percent of students are Latino and 89 percent are from low-income families — suspensions fell from 731 two years ago to 451, a 38 percent drop.

Seen on KENS 5, 9 November, 2018
High school runner always finishes last, but never quits
After other team members finish their race, they go back on course and help James finish his.

Seen on Spectrum News, 9 November, 2018
Community Replenishes ACS Pet Pantry
Within 24 hours, the Animal Care Services Pet Pantry went from having nine bags of food to having enough pet food to last through the year.

Also seen on KSAT 12, 12 November, 2019
Animal Care Services PAW-sitively overwhelmed by donations after shortage
More than 8,000 pounds of pet food was donated within 24 hours.

Seen on KENS 5, 10 November, 2018
Local emergency shelter receives $100k grant to help feed children in need
This grant will not only help the shelter’s kitchen expand, but will also give them the space to host cooking classes with the children.

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2018
Wounded San Antonio vet working out to work back to normal
Sanchez is a retired vet who lost a leg in Afghanistan and has since opened a gym to help other vets and community members get in shape.

Seen on KENS 5, 11 November, 2018
How you can help homeless people in San Antonio this winter
Interview with SAMMinistries about Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week.

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2018
San Antonio pastor is walking with the caravan
And amid the suffering and stories of suffering, Pastor Gavin Rogers said, “there is a crazy amount of joy and love.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 November, 2018
Local group helps women exit adult entertainment industry
“We work with ladies that are in strip clubs, who work in brothels, women who are in prostitution,” said Kayla Moilanen, founder of Lavish.

Seen on KENS 5, 11 November, 2018
Elf Louise celebrates 50 years of serving thousands of families
Nearly 4,000 braved the Sunday weather to celebrate hope, faith, and the goodness of people at Mission County Park.

Also found in the Express-News, 12 November, 2018
At 50, Elf Louise Project continues spreading Christmas cheer
The Elf Louise Christmas Project has grown into a yearlong enterprise that delivers 60,000 gifts to about 20,000 children every December. The organization has roughly 5,000 volunteers.

Found on the Northwest Vista College Voice, 11 November, 2018
Students Make the World a Better Place
“In today’s society, where we live in a world disconnected because of technology, we still really need that personal connection with people.”

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2018
Eight San Antonio firefighters heading to California with cohort of about 200 from Texas
They will leave Monday Morning.

Also found in the Rivard Report, 12 November, 2018
San Antonio Firefighters Head to California to Combat Wildfires
“This may be happening more often…It’s a weather pattern.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 November, 2018
Local chef who turned life around wants to empower city’s youth
“We are all ingredients to one child’s perfect dish. You have multiple ingredients that goes to make a cake. The finished product is a child’s success in life.”

Found on WOAI 4, 12 November, 2018
New center to help outgoing military members transition to civilian life in Bexar County
Military members within six months of leaving their branch of service will be able to find college and work programs, job-finding assistance and more.

Also found in the Express-News, 12 November, 2018
Bexar County unveils its new military and veterans services center
Officials hope to expand the services into Randolph and Lackland within the next year-and-a-half. Wolff said the center will eventually have between 20 and 25 employees.

Visto en KWEX 49, 9 de noviembre de 2018
Los voluntarios viajaron a la frontera de Texas para brindar ayuda humanitaria a los inmigrantes liberados [Volunteers traveled to the Texas border to provide humanitarian aid to released immigrants]
25 voluntarios proporcionaron comida, ropa, teléfonos y juguetes para niños. [25 volunteers provided food, clothing, telephones and toys for children.]

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 12 November, 2018
San Antonio Volunteers Aid Asylum-Seekers Recently Released In El Paso
“We did everything, from doing intake to cleaning to cooking to whatever it took to provide some love and respect and dignity to these people while they were there.”

Found in the Express-News, 12 November, 2018
Dist. 8 Councilman Palaez: Combat domestic violence in LGBTQ community
A 2012 report found that fewer than 5 percent of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence sought protective orders from the courts.

Seen on KSAT 12, 12 November, 2018
Nonprofit to open new child development center on East Side to help underprivileged families
“We really want it to be a teaching and learning space for the whole community. We want to raise the bar of how we serve our neediest kids.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 13 November, 2018
San Antonio woman celebrates 101st birthday by donating 101 toys for kids
A woman named Gladys collected 101 toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 November, 2018
Homeless veteran asks for help this Veterans Day
The only thing Gilmore wants is a little support and compassion to warm his heart..”As much as any physical thing you can give, sometimes people need a shoulder to cry on.”

Seen on KENS 5, 13 November, 2018
Local boxer takes off gloves to fight hunger
He shares his passion for boxing with his compassion for the community. Each year for the past seven years, Brown Nevarez has faithfully set up shop on the Sunday before Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. to provide more than 100 turkeys for families in need.

Seen on KENS 5, 13 November, 2018
Salvation Army helping SA’s homeless during first freeze
“Even if it’s for one day, just not feeling cold and hungry is so important because you feel like a human being.”

Also seen on KSAT 12, 13 November, 2018
Volunteers team up to provide warmth to homeless population during cold temperatures
The Salvation Army teamed up with volunteers from the Gonzaba Medical Group and the Hybrid School of Wrestling to hand out warm soup and hot drinks, as well as blankets, to the homeless.

Also seen on FOX 29, 13 November, 2018
Volunteers bring warmth to the homeless
The Salvation Army has also opened up the lobbies of two of its shelters to be used as warming stations 24 hours a day.

Seen on KSAT 12, 13 November, 2018
Metro Health working to improve birth outcomes for homeless women by connecting them to resources
Sometimes they might lose their babies due to high risk. Those numbers might not get counted if they are not seeing a doctor.

Found in Church Leaders, 13 November, 2018
Pastor Wanted to Know the Truth About the Migrant Caravan. So He Joined It
The motto of Rogers’ church, Travis Park UMC, is “unconditional love and justice in action.”


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