On Thursday, Northwest Vista College hosted three sessions of Hunger Banquets, where more than 250 students learned about global wealth distribution and the impact that our choices can make at home and around the world. This weekly compassion news roundup comes out every Wednesday, but if you want to get the news faster, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate news!

The Muslim Children’s Education and Civic Center raised $16,000 in its largest Ramadan fast-a-thon ever. The proceeds were donated to MOVE, Texas in a ceremony on Thursday, for their dedication to youth civic engagement through voter registration, turnout, and education.

And Timberwilde Elementary School in NISD kicked off their food drive for the Food Bank. The Food Train is an annual tradition here.

Found in the Express-News, 14 November, 2018
University Hospital surgeons among the doctors who recommend ways to reduce gun deaths and injuries
Dr. Ronald Stewart, chair of surgery at @UTHealthcareSA, was lead author, part of a 5-year effort by @AmCollSurgeons to reach consensus to save lives.

Found on the National League of Cities web site, 13 November, 2018
Mayors, Councilmembers & Local Leaders Form National Task Force to Address Housing Crisis Facing Cities Across the Country
Mayor Nirenberg is a member of the 18-member task force, which will develop a set of best and promising practices at the local level, as well as policy recommendations to federal and state governments.

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 November, 2018
Nirenberg Appointed to New National Housing Task Force
“I am proud to contribute lessons from San Antonio because our community-driven, data-informed process is a model that cities can replicate nationwide.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 14 November, 2018
Generations FCU shares holiday cheer by giving first responders free turkeys
Not all first responders will get to spend Thanksgiving with their families; this donation makes sure crews on duty can get a taste of the holiday.

Seen on Spectrum News, 14 November, 2018
SeaWorld Helps Rescue Cold Stunned Sea Turtles
If not located and protected quickly, cold stunned turtles often succumb to the elements.

Found on Culture Map, 15 November, 2018
Pop by San Antonio’s uplifting new mural before it’s too late
The colorful Opt For Optimism mural, by the popular street art duo Los Otros, is another inspirational aspect of Frost Bank’s new campaign, which focuses on spreading generosity around the community.

Seen on the City of San Antonio web site, 15 November, 2018
Councilwomen Viagran, Gonzales and Sandoval issue statements regarding today’s unanimous approval of a Women’s Equity Resolution
We can do better. We deserve better.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 15 November, 2018
City Council Passes Resolution Promoting Equity For Women
The resolution puts the city’s focus on initiatives that eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault, promotes positive women’s health outcomes, and address inequitable access to economic and business opportunities.

Visto en KWEX 49, 15 de noviembre de 2018
La ciudad de San Antonio firmó una resolución a favor de la igualdad de género
The city of San Antonio signed a resolution in favor of gender equality]
Con esta resolución se pretende que las mujeres tengan menos disparidades sociales, económicas y de salud. [With this resolution it is intended that women have fewer social, economic and health disparities.]

Also found in the Rivard Report, 15 November, 2018
Changing the ‘Patrón Mentality’: San Antonio City Council Passes Women’s Equity Resolution
Concilwoman Shirley Gonzales: “We as a community don’t like ambitious women. And so, I urge all of you out there to please help us change that stigma, that we can be ambitious, fighters, strong, and polite, too, and not to mistake that politeness for a lack of ambition.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 15 November, 2018
San Antonio Pastor Planning Second Trip with Migrant Caravan
“If you went down there and experienced the kinda love I experienced from the people in the caravan I guarantee you, somehow, your heart would be changed no matter your view on immigration.”

Found on KSAT 12, 16 November, 2018
Students, nonprofit team up to collect blankets for immigrant families
“They told us they were going to donate to immigrant families, to help them, and I thought it was really cool because we were going to help other people.”

Seen on KENS 5, 16 November, 2018
DoSeum to offer reduced admission for low-income families
Through the program, families receiving food assistance through the SNAP program will pay $3 per person, for up to four people.

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 November, 2018
Stevens HS students surprise classmate with bike after his was stolen
Kai was surprised by his teammates’ kindness, saying that in Japan, he had not experience the same kindness.

Found on Spectrum News, November 16, 2018
Southside ISD Prepares Feast for 350 Families
Forty culinary arts students spent a week preparing for their biggest feast of the year. The ROTC students raised money for turkeys.

Also found in the Express-News, 17 November, 2018
Church members and students feed families in need
Melissa Roca, 16, said just knowing they’re doing something good for someone else makes them feel good too.

Found in the Express-News, 17 November, 2018
University students get behind a worthy cause
Five student organizations gathered as part of Hunger and Homelessness Action Week to prepare hygiene kits and snack packages for Haven for Hope and Thanksgiving packs for students at UTSA.

Found in the Express-News, 18 November, 2018
San Antonio has been named a highly livable city for immigrants
The report commended us for helping immigrants achieve high rates of homeownership, a low cost of living and access to both health care and education.

Found in the Express-News, 18 November, 2018
Importance of showing gratitude
Faith leaders share views on Thanksgiving.

Seen on Spectrum News, 18 November, 2018
Ruth’s Chris Franchise Owner Tours New RMYA Facility
Lana Duke spent her childhood in foster care and says Roy Maas Youth Alternatives was a perfect fit for her philanthropic efforts.

Also seen on KENS 5, 18 November, 2018
Kids at Roy Maas Youth Alternatives enjoy special Thanksgiving feast
Duke brings out the turkey with all the trimmings every year, with the hopes of making a difference in these kids’ lives.

Found on KENS 5, 18 November, 2018
The spirit of giving
“We have black Friday, we have Cyber Monday, which are days for getting good deals. #GivingTuesday is when we start to think about what can you do to help your neighbor, what can you do to help those less fortunate.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 18 November, 2018
SAPD can translate for victims in more than 200 languages
Whether in emergencies or just making an appointment to report a crime, the language they speak will not prevent their voices from being heard.

Seen on KSAT 12, 18 November, 2018
Graffiti artist transforms dark past into inspirational art for others
“I want to explain to [my daughter] it doesn’t matter where we came from, it is how you can flip and use that to benefit other people.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 18 November, 2018
Tattoo shop offering free tattoos for toys
Platinum Tattoos & Body Piercing is offering a free tattoos, valued at $60 or less, in exchange for an unwrapped toy valued at $20 before tax or higher.

Seen on KSAT 12, 18 November, 2018
Battered Women and Children’s Shelter prepares to house more victims
Director Marta Pelaez said they have more people here than at any other shelter in the state. Tonight, 186 victims. Four years ago, it was 68.

Found in the Express-News, 19 November, 2018
Uninsured breast cancer patients find support through San Antonio WINGS
“Cancer doesn’t have any barriers on anyone or any gender. We can’t do it without the generosity of the community.”

Found in the Express-News, 19 November, 2018
Aspergers101 helps families cope with autism
“We decided we wanted to give these other parents the opportunity to get the information that they need in order for their child to cope with their autism. We didn’t want them to be in the same position we were, when we were in the complete dark about autism.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 19 November, 2018
San Antonio Area Foundation Plans to Continue Making a Difference in the Community
The very fabric of San Antonio’s tapestry of success as a city is richly woven by the work of the nonprofit sector.

Seen on KSAT 12, 19 November, 2018
Latino nonprofit gears up for Thanksgiving in the Barrio
This is the ninth year the nonprofit has provided turkeys and trimmings to families on the city’s West Side. About 300 families will be fed this year, up from 10 when the event launched.

Visto en KWEX 41, 19 de noviembre de 2018
Los voluntarios ayudan en la preparación de la cena de Acción de Gracias de Raúl Jiménez [Volunteers help with the preparation of the Raúl Jiménez Thanksgiving dinner.]
Alrededor de 250 personas ya están trabajando para preparar más de 100 pavos que se ofrecerán este jueves de forma gratuita.[Around 250 people are already working to get ready just over 100 turkeys to be offered this Thursday for free.]

Found in the Express-News, 19 November, 2018
Volunteers prepare to feed 25,000 at annual Thanksgiving dinner
The Thanksgiving operation has grown so large that the call for volunteers opened at noon one day in mid-October and closed 12 hours and 4,000 names later.

Visto en KWEX 41, 20 de noviembre de 2018
El senador John Cornyn participó como voluntario en la tradicional cena de Raúl Jiménez en San Antonio [Senator John Cornyn participated as a volunteer in Raúl Jiménez’s traditional dinner in San Antonio]
El senador federal por el estado de Texas, John Cornyn, contribuyó junto a cientos de voluntarios más en la elaboración de la 39 edición de la cena Raúl Jiménez, un evento reconocido a nivel internacional que da una cena de Acción de Gracias a más 25,000 personas. [The senator for the state of Texas, John Cornyn, contributed along with hundreds of other volunteers in the preparation of the 39th edition of the Raúl Jiménez dinner, an internationally recognized event that gives a Thanksgiving dinner to over 25,000 people]

Seen on FOX 29, 19 November, 2018
Catholic Charities of San Antonio helping migrant families enjoy first Thanksgiving
About 200 people will receive everything they need for a Thanksgiving dinner, including migrant families celebrating Thanksgiving for the first time.

Seen on KENS 5, 20 November, 2018
Teen donates blankets for children in need
Samantha Sanchez helped collect 200 blankets for children at emergency shelters.

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 November, 2018
Elf Louis Christmas Project powered by volunteers
Volunteers for 100 Santa teams to deliver the gifts are still needed for Dec. 16, 22 and 23. The project provides the suit and beard.

Found in the Express-News, 21 November, 2018
Child’s generosity inspires Jaxon’s FROG Foundation to comfort kids with cancer
The foundation’s work extends beyond the humanity of hugs and stuffed animals. The group has given more than $80,000 to fund trials directed at treating pediatric brain cancer.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 November, 2018
San Antonians Mark Transgender Day of Remembrance with Memorial Service
“As we read the names tonight, please do not consider yourself a mere spectator. These victims were taken from all of us. And they were no less human than any of us.”

Found on FOX 29, 20 November, 2018
Toy drive bringing holiday cheer to children of murder victims
“Something like this lets us know that we haven’t gotten forgotten.” “There’s a community rallying behind them.”

Found in the San Antonio Current, 21 November, 2018
10 Ways to Help Out At Home: If You’re Looking to Give Back, These San Antonio Nonprofits Could Use Your Love
Charity begins at home: @safoodbank @SAMMinistries @sahumane Interfaith Welcome Coalition @SanAntonioAIDS @Child_Shelter Healthy Futures @BBBSST @embassyofhope @mowsatx

Found in the Express-News, 21 November, 2018
Providence Place looks to its past in new mission
Early next year as Providence Place will open My Mariposa Home, a 20-unit housing facility for adult women survivors of human trafficking.

Found on WOAI Radio, 21 November, 2018
H-E-B Donating 225,000 Pounds of Turkey to Food Banks Statewide
In 2017, H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program donated 33.2 million pounds of food to food banks in Texas and Mexico, equal to over 24 million meals.


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