To improve reading skills and develop life-long readers, educators and parents at Colby Glass Elementary in NISD have collected over 2,600 books for students to jumpstart their own personal libraries. On December 20, Colby Glass held a book fair for students to pick up free books for themselves and their siblings to encourage them to read during the holiday break.  The event was made possible by generous donations from Half Price Books. And below, the Young Gentlemen’s Organization at collected more than 650 stuffed animals to give not only to Clarity Child Guidance Center, but also to every Pre-K through 2nd grade student at their school!

And one final photo: Scores of volunteers from Temple Beth-El purchased food, donated money, cooked, organized, and delivered meals to over 600 Firefighters, EMS, and police on Christmas Day.

Found in the express-News, 19 December, 2018
Nonprofit helps West Side teens and their families
“They have a great heart. They love you regardless of who you are.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 19 December, 2018
Salvation Army San Antonio making Christmas wishes come true
Total gifts will come to be somewhere around 55,000; more than1,200 children will receive bikes.

Seen on WOAI 4, 19 December, 2018
Salvation Army program makes Christmas wishes come true
700 children received gifts when the Angel Tree program began in 1979.

Seen on FOX 29, 19 December, 2018
Bexar County Sheriff delivers presents to children dialysis patients
Hospital officials said this means a lot for the kids since they spend so much time in the hospital.

Seen on KENS 5, 19 December, 2018
Northside ISD spreads holiday cheer with gift-giving program
The program has been around for 51 years & has helped thousands of families who may need a little help during the holidays.

Visto en KWEX 41, 19 de diciembre de 2018
CASA entregará juguetes a decenas de niños víctimas de abuso [CASA will deliver toys to dozens of child victims of abuse]
Thomas Aguillón, Rey Feo de 2020, recaudó dinero y juguetes para ayudar a los niños de la comunidad que más lo requieren. [Thomas Aguillón, Rey Feo of 2020, raised money and toys to help the children of the community who need it most.]

Seen on KSAT 12, 19 December, 2018
Therapy dog spreads holiday cheer, brings gifts to Children’s Shelter
The Siberian Husky was rescued by Dr. Kassia Kubena-Fontenot and her husband, Steven. “He feels the emotion. He empathizes so well. He’s a good listener.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 December, 2018
Airport ambassadors’ help ease holiday travel headaches for SA passengers
More than 380 volunteers help travelers navigate airport, city.

Seen on KENS 5, 20 December, 2018
The true spirit of Christmas, 50 years on
They have amassed toys for 20,000 to be delivered by 500 Santas on five designated days—all because of one woman who had an idea that inspired a movement.

Found in the Seattle Times, 19 December, 2018
Poetry readers were in the mood for ‘Kindness’ in 2018
The Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday that San Antonian Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness” was the most popular work on this year. More than 250,000 people in 2018 clicked on the poem, which features such lines as “It is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 December, 2018
Treviño Seeks a Mobile Shower Truck for San Antonio’s Homeless Population
“Our homeless brothers and sisters are worthy of dignity and respect. Nothing is less dignified than not having the ability to clean or groom oneself.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 20 December, 2018
New $75,000 mobile shower being considered for San Antonio’s homeless
“We don’t want to talk anymore, we want to do.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 21 December, 2018
District 1 councilman proposes mobile shower vehicle to help homeless, victims of natural disasters
“Being clean is at the root of being humane.”

Found in the Current, December 21, 2018
Councilman Pushes San Antonio to Buy Mobile Shower for Homeless Population
The push comes shortly after Councilman Rey Saldaña unsuccessfully tried to convince council to use part of a new hospitality industry fee to aid homeless people.

Seen on KSAT 12, 21 December, 2018
H-E-B prepares for 26th annual Feast of Sharing dinner
H-E-B said more than 3,500 pounds of glazed ham, 202 gallons of gravy, 3,500 pounds of mashed potatoes, 2,625 pounds of green beans, 14,000 dinner rolls and 1,750 apple pies will be distributed to the 14,000 guests.

Found in the Express-News, 20 December, 2018
Chow Train halts Tuesday night meals after 13 years
‘We think the food is incredible, but the most important thing is how the Chow Train volunteers treat people on the street.’

Found on KENS 5, 22 December, 2018
The Chow Train hosting its last Tuesday dinner service this Christmas
After 13 years, The Chow Train has served more than 100,000 hot meals and provided disaster relief all over the country.

Found in the Express-News, 21 December, 2018
Bearing gifts, Edgewood police emphasize the ‘peace’ in peace officer
“When you picture police, you don’t picture doing things like this, but we do it because if we don’t take care of our kids, who’s going to take care of them?”

Found in Newsweek, 19 December, 2018
‘Fake News,’ Donald Trump ‘MAGA’ Sign Placed Outside Texas Holocaust Memorial Museum
A man in the Muslim community was first to post a picture of the sign on social media, calling it out for being anti-Semitic. Ollervideze, who teaches young kids, told Newsweek his actions embody what she tries to impart on kids: “When you see something that’s wrong, do something about it.”

Also found in the Express-News, 19 December, 2018
‘Fake News’ sign planted at San Antonio’s Holocaust museum
“The Holocaust was not fake news. It is time for all of us, on all sides of the political spectrum, to insist on facts, evidence, and logic when talking about politics.”

Also seen in the Rivard Report, 19 December, 2018
‘Fake News’ Sign Appears at Holocaust Museum a Day After Converse Sign Tagged with Swastikas
State Sen. José Menéndez: “The Holocaust museum exists so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. I urge everyone to visit the museum, show your support and send the message to anyone who would target the Jewish community or any community of our city that they will not succeed.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 21 December, 2018
SA cancer survivor gifts blankets to patients going through chemo
McCormick said the blankets provided her a sense of comfort, bringing some happiness during the nine-month fight against cancer. She hopes to bring that same joy to others.

Seen on Spectrum News, 22 December, 2018
Vigil Honors Deceased Homeless People
“There is no next of kin to notify for many of these folks. It’s sad. So we want to make sure they are recognized for the life that they live. “

 Seen on Fox 29. 22 December, 2018
Christy’s Hope gifts $500,000 to Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter
Christy Prescott and the staff at Corporate Travel Planners make a huge donation every year; this year it was record breaking.

Found in the Express-News, 23 December, 2018
Mounds of garbage, but no cleanup plan
“We are not treated like human beings. It’s as if we don’t matter.”

 Seen on KSAT 12, 23 December, 2018
Church holds free toy giveaway for families in need
Over 1,000 families celebrated Christmas early Saturday afternoon at the New Life Christian Center’s 22nd annual free toy giveaway.

 Seen on Spectrum News, 22 December, 2018
Activists Head to Tornillo for Christmas
“I think it will give them hope because what hope is there when you have no communication with anyone else outside? … We are saying we know you are in there, we want you out and we are here to support you.”

Found in the Express-News, 23 December, 2018
Community rebuilds West Side home destroyed by fire
“Some of the people gave a lot. And some that didn’t have a lot gave all they could give. We’re here to help people and do what we can to help whoever we can.”

Seen on KENS 5, 23 December, 2018
West side woman surprised with new home
“This the culmination of love, and just showing neighbors can help neighbors,”

Seen on KENS 5, 23 December, 2018
Local advocates remember 7-yr-old migrant who died in custody, call for change
The advocates who gathered in San Antonio said they want justice for her death, and called for better treatment for minors in custody.

Found in the Express-News, 23 December, 2018
They didn’t know her, but mourned her
The service at the San Antonio Mennonite Church was a moment that reveals what a people can be when at their best, when they stop to care enough.

Found in the Express-News, 23 December, 2018
Christmas came early for some San Antonio kids
There’s no corporate sponsorship, only good-hearted people, including members of several area car clubs, who dig into their own pockets to buy toys for the kids.

Found in the Express-News, 22 December, 2018
Feast of Sharing serves up Christmas cheer
HEB officials estimated that they served 10,000-12,000 people during Saturday’s HEB Feast of Sharing at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Found in the Express-News, 24 December, 2018
Power broker: J. Antonio Fernandez, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio
“We don’t say ‘no’ to people. We always have to say ‘yes.’”

Found in the Rivard Report, 24 December, 2018
Francisco Cigarroa’s Efforts to Expand Education for Students, Medical Professionals a Game Changer for Texas
“We need to serve others and we need to do our part in reducing poverty, eliminating social injustice, and enhancing education to help others achieve their full human potential.”

Found in the Express-News, 24 December, 2018
Guide Dogs of Texas help connect the blind to fuller lives
It takes about two years of training before a dog is ready to be matched with a human.Since 1998, their dogs have provided more than 230,000 days of guided work.

Found in the Express-News, 24 December, 2018
A Dilley delivery for Christmas
Lord of Life Lutheran Church delivered Spanish-language children’s books and 1,600 Christmas cards: “I hope that they realize there are many, many people in this country who genuinely care for them and are concerned for them, and are welcoming to them.”

Seen on KENS 5, 24 December, 2018
Deserving families surprised on Christmas Eve at San Antonio Zoo
“San Antonio is all about the giving spirit.”

Seen on KENS 5, 24 December, 2018
Christmas comes a day early for homeless in east San Antonio
At the Catholic Worker House: “If we pray together and eat together, we’re brothers and sisters.”

Seen on KENS 5, 25 December, 2018 |
San Antonio girl goes from making wishes to granting them for other hospitalized kids
Shortly after having five organs removed from her body during a painful battle with a series of diseases, including pancreatitis, Rebecca was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, through which she started her non-profit organization, Rebecca’s Wish.

Found in the Rivard Report, 25 December, 2018
Medical Outreach Program a Lightly Treaded Pathway to the Streets
“Medicine is the foot in the door to build relationship with these people,” said Dr. Hans Bruntmyer, the man behind more than 50 passionate UIW school of Osteopathic Medicine students currently developing Street Medicine San Antonio.

Found in the Express-News, 25 December, 2018
The Chow Train rolls out after final Tuesday meal
“They depend on you to show up when you say you will. You can’t call or email them if plans fall through. Come rain or shine, Cheever has consistently been there on Tuesday nights.”

Seen on WOAI 4 25 December, 2018
Haven For Hope feeds 500 hot meals on Christmas
“They feel safe here, and they feel welcomed . . . food is a fundamental part of that.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 26 December, 2018
SAC Mortuary Science Students Focus on Helping Families Amid Grief
“I think the thing that has always been my forefront or my moral compass is never forgetting what I came into this profession to do, which is ultimately to take care of families.”


Found on KSAT 12, 24 December, 2018
Children lifting burden for homeless families this holiday

SAMMinistries challenges children to buy gifts for their less fortunate peers.


Found on KSAT 12, December 24, 2018
North Central Baptist Hospital helping families with children in NICU
One of the council’s latest project is gift bags, where they have snacks, blankets and a journal.


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