Fourteen school districts are providing food for the children who are missing meals because their schools are closed. These are the NSID Child Nutrition Department helpers assembling food kits: they packed more than 300 boxes an hour. We publish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday afternoon. If you want to get the news sooner, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

Found in the Express-News, 13 March, 2020
Clack: Stay strong by maintaining our community
Communities are not defined by proximity but are created by a sense of belonging, a tradition of caring and a spirit of obligations to each other. Social distancing should not make us any less of a community.

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 March, 2020
Emptying Store Shelves Won’t Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus, Social Distancing Will
Clearing the shelves at Costco isn’t going to slow this pandemic. If you’re well stocked with soap, wipes, toilet paper and food, share it with your neighbor. Keeping your neighbor healthy keeps you healthy too.

Found in the Express-News, 13 March, 2020
These are necessary moves for public health
The response from city and county officials has consistently been measured in urging the public to both take care, through hygiene and social distancing, and to be caring of others who may lack resources at a time of crisis.

Seen on KENS 5, 13 March, 2020
Some SA parents scrambling to make plans for children who will remain home from school next week
“San Antonio is such a compassionate city and I think that together we will get through this. This city is amazing how they step up. And it is going to take all of us.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 11 March, 2020
Gordon Hartman Is On A Mission To Make San Antonio Accessible To Everyone
A new accessibility-focused sports complex is expected to open later this year, with equipment and activities fit for all levels of ability.

Found in the Rivard Report, 12 march, 2020
Newly Promoted Municipal Executive Wants to ‘Liberate’ City Employees
“If you treat folks with dignity and respect, they’ll step up everyday.”

Found in the Express-News, 15 March, 2020
Amid Covid-19 concerns, don’t forget those in need
Let your benevolence and compassion for others burn brightly, San Antonio.

Found in the Rivard Report, 15 March, 2020
Fort Sam Soldiers Practice Mindfulness in ‘Resiliency Kitchen’
The Community Table course at the Vogel Resiliency Center is unique to Fort Sam in the way that it uses culinary arts to demonstrate holistic methods of sustaining mental and physical health.

Seen on Spectrum, 15 March, 2020
Texas Pastor Uses Chicken to Explain Church’s First Live Streaming Service
“We’re not going to close down community. We’re going to change the way that we live together in a community so that we can protect the most vulnerable in our neighborhoods and support our health care workers.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 March, 2020
USAA donating $1 million to SA nonprofits responding to coronavirus
Donation will help organizations ‘serving our most vulnerable residents’

Found in the Express-News, 16 March, 2020
San Antonio pastor ministers to those in need at East Side church
“Our time here is so short. Whatever you can do to make this earth better, in your little corner, do it until it’s time to depart.”

Found in the Express-News, 16 March, 2020
Spurs establish fund for part-time workers after season suspended due to coronavirus
“Spurs Sports & Entertainment is a values-based organization, and taking care of our entire staff – both full time and part time – was never a question of ‘if’, but of ‘how’.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 16 March, 2020
Somos Neighbors Highlights Life Expectancy Disparities in Bexar County
Where you live is a factor in how long you will live – and the Somos Neighbors tool can show the life expectancy gaps a resident’s neighborhood and its “map twin.”

Seen on KENS 5, 17 March, 2020
H-E-B makes donation to local researchers tackling coronavirus
Late Monday, H-E-B announced it will give $3 million to organizations working to stop the spread of coronavirus. $300,000 will go to Texas Biomed.

Found in the Heron, 17 March, 2020
Evictions in Bexar County suspended due to COVID-19 concerns
On Monday, the Bexar County Justices of the Peace suspended eviction court proceedings through April 16 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Seen on KSAT 12, 17 March, 2020
Coronavirus isn’t stopping churches from feeding the homeless
“I even see our homeless serving each other, getting meals for one another. People are going to step up. We’re a great city.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 18 March, 2020
With Fundraiser Cancellations, Emergency Relief Becomes a Focus
Several San Antonio charitable organizations, including the San Antonio Area Foundation, are redirecting their focus to COVID-19 response amid a disruption in events that produce crucial revenue for nonprofits around town.

Seen on KENS 5, 18 March, 2020
San Antonio Food Bank launches ‘Neighbor Helping Neighbor’ relief effort
The effort is two-fold– ensuring that every kitchen table in Southwest Texas has the core food items need to get through this crisis and ensuring that all of our neighbors who might be elderly and living along get a visit.


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