February 11 was 2-1-1- Day (get it?), a nationwide celebration of 2-1-1- call specialists, who work 24/7/365 to connect callers to social services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Every Wednesday we publish this compassionate news roundup. If you want to get the new quicker, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate actions!

Found in the Rivard Report, 6 February, 2019
UT Health’s Sanchez-Reilly Views End-of-Life Care as a Mission, Not a Profession
The medical school’s palliative care program improves the quality of life for both patient and family by treating emotional, social, practical, and spiritual problems that accompany illness.

Found on KENS 5, 6 February 2019
Family of geese saved along I-10 during morning commute
“Everybody was kinda driving by honking, so I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to save them.'”

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 February, 2019
Second chance at hope: Prison retreat offers inmates faith, redemption
“For most of these men, they have never had a hug, never been told they are loved, have never experienced true unattached friendship and were not in a good family life.”

Seen on Spectrum, 7 February, 2019
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Rolls Out New Bloodmobile
The center said donations of O positive and O negative blood types are especially in need.

Seen on KENS 5, 7 February, 2019
Hilton Palacio del Rio first hotel in S.A. to provide on-site health clinic
The on-site clinic opened in December and provides services to all 350 employees at the hotel.

Found in the Express-News, 8 February, 2019
K9s for Warriors expanding in San Antonio with rescue dogs
“San Antonio is an ideal place to expand the program because there is a big rescue dog population that needs help and an active military community that will be supportive.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 7 February, 2019
A Cry For Baby Cuddlers In San Antonio As Opioid Crisis Deepens
Babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome who are held and cuddled do much better.

Seen on KSAT 12, 8 February, 2019
Hospital babies sport little hats made by big hearts
Each year at least 40,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, which is the most common type of birth defect.

Seen on KENS 5, 8 February, 2019
Flamingos flocking to local lawns… all for a good cause
Two teens have flocked 120 house as part of a national fundraising competition to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Found in the Express-News, 8 February, 2019
Family violence cases getting attention they need
Family violence cases are highly emotional and difficult to prosecute. By the time the cases get a court date, the parties have often reconciled and witnesses are reluctant. But even when witnesses are cooperative, the cases sometimes become a matter of “he said, she said.” No one benefits when cases languish in the system.

Seen on KENS 5, February 9, 2019
Taste buds satisfied and playground funds raised
The Immanuel Motorcycle Ministry held a BBQ fundraiser for Baptist Temple to build an inclusive playground “where children with special needs can play with their peers.”

Seen on KENS 5, 10 February, 2019
Group helps homeless with coats and food
210 Day handed out about 60 coats and 100 blessing bags. “It was really good to see them able to bundle up and be a little warmer than they were yesterday.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 February, 2019
San Antonio nonprofit organization providing free help to women
Any Woman Can provides is pregnancy testing, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, ultrasounds and a variety of counseling services. Currently, there are 42 volunteer nurses, counselors and advocates.

Seen on FOX 29, 11 February, 2019
Kids with special needs learning the rhythm of therapy
“So, these kids with the drumming. They are playing, but within playing, they’re also working on their social emotional skills.”


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