Northside ISD reached a huge milestone Wednesday- they officially served over 1 million meals!! Since campus buildings closed, employees from Child Nutrition, Learning Tree, Athletics & campus and department administrators have been on the front-lines serving meals to families.

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!

And thanks to Spurs Sports & Entertainment for donating almost 2,000 books for NISD students. Copies of The Nuff, the adventures of a unicorn that discovers what it means to be enough, were distributed Friday at 8 elementary schools.

Found in the Express-News, 14 May, 2020
Project Mend seeks medical equipment from San Antonio community to continue helping those in need
Currently the agency’s shelves are empty of the following items: canes, crutches, walkers, bedside commodes, tub transfer benches, shower chairs, manual wheelchairs and transport chairs.

Seen on KSAT 12, 13 May, 2020
Seamstresses who make Fiesta gowns find making face masks rewarding
Mitchell Chang Foundation creates jobs, raises money for innovative park.

Seen on KSAT 12, 13 May, 2020
How a San Antonio foster care campus is getting creative amid COVID-19 pandemic
With Child Protective Services home visits on pause, the village has been completely full,.

Found on WOAI 4, 13 May, 2020
S.A. Zoo teams up with Tim Duncan Foundation to deliver zoo baskets to front line workers
“My family and I realized we could double our impact, helping the zoo by purchasing their baskets and then donating them to others.”

Seen on KENS 5, 13 May, 2020
Patty Mills announces how much was raised in Mother’s Day initiative for local shelter: $103,965
The charitable act involved the efforts of several local coffee shops, benefiting both businesses and vulnerable San Antonians.

Seen on KSAT 12, 14 May, 2020
2 Burbank High School teachers help donate cabbage to San Antonio Food Bank
Every year, agriculture students at Burbank plant, tend and harvest cabbage with the Palo Alto Horticulture Department, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, students were not allowed to harvest the plants.

Found in the Express-News, 15 May, 2020
San Antonio hospital workers offered pro-bono will preparation amid coronavirus pandemic
The San Antonio Legal Services Association is offering the program at UHS and Christus Santa Rosa Health System. About 600 hospital employees will be matched with volunteer attorneys who can help them write a will and other necessary estate planning documents.

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 May, 2020
Spurs Give Hopes to Raise $1 Million for Coronavirus Response
“Hopefully we can be better at serving one another, not just during COVID-19 times.” “[The] tech divide, food equity, abuse and neglect … kept coming up over and over again.”

Found in the Current, 14 May, 2020
San Antonio Woman Donates a Literal Ton of Produce to Homes Serving People With Special Needs
Mary Flores donated enough produce to feed 4,000 Texans, the clients, staff and programs of the @ATCofTexasSA, @DSASTX, @MorgansWndrlnd and @RMIhomes. “A large majority rely on day programs and group homes for therapy and meals.”

Found in the Current, 14 May, 2020
San Antonio-Based Natural Food Company Wildway Donates 1,000 Pounds of Granola to Food Bank
“The spread of coronavirus has caused many a deep level of stress and fear, often about life’s simple necessities, such as where the next meal is coming from.”

Visto en KWEX 41, 15 de mayo 2020
Lanzan programa para ayudar a familias inmigrantes en San Antonio durante tiempos de coronavirus [Program launched to help immigrant families in San Antonio during times of coronavirus]
Hasta el momento, han logrado recaudar más de 12 mil dólares. [So far, they have managed to raise more than $ 12,000.]

Found in the Express-News, 15 May, 2020
San Antonio’s Hearts Need Art connecting with isolated patients nationwide during COVID-19 pandemic
“Our mission is to provide moments of joy, self expression and connection, which reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness.”

Seen on KENS 5, 15 May, 2020
4th grader hopes to spread color in dark time
Caroline Percival is sharing flowers with people to plant in their front yards around San Antonio. “Kids can do stuff like this too; they can do stuff to help.”

Found in the Current, 15 May, 2020
Temple Beth-El Supports San Antonio Musicians With Free Facebook Live Concerts
The performances follow short Havdalah services hosted by pairs of congregants in their homes, in which they conduct a ritual to sing farewell to the holy day of Shabbat and bring blessings for the week to come.

Seen on KENS 5, 15 May, 2020
Small business owner with big heart offers free skin care treatments to healthcare workers
Instead of focusing to recoup lost profits, Stephanie Hernandez is prioritizing giving back.

Found in the Express-News, 15 May, 2020
At a gas station in San Antonio, some patrons get a full tank, a smile and more during the coronavirus pandemic
Adams began offering the special services when one of her regular customers who undergoes dialysis for kidney disease came into the store.

Seen on WOAI 4, 15 May, 2020
More than 30,000 lbs of food given to families in need on the North Side
The Texas Chefs Association, along with the San Antonio Food Bank and Toro Kitchen and Bar partnered to make it happen.

Seen on WOAI 4, 15 May, 2020
Dream Leadership Academy gives out free COVID-19 care kits to kids in need
They include essential care items such as handmade face masks, hand sanitizer and toothbrushes.

Found in the Express-News, 16 May, 2020
When the coronavirus arrived in San Antonio, giving away stuff became a way to connect
Altruism, even such small-scale acts of giving, works as a kind of balm these days.

Found in the Express-News, 16 May, 2020
Desperate asylum seekers still find a way to get to Southtown preacher
“What if all these tasks were boiled down to one?” Take all the tasks you must do and turn them all into one: Love God. “Be one-thing-only people.”

Found in the Express-News, 16 May, 2020
Cisneros: We’ve flattened the curve, now let’s crush poverty
“We have a culture of cooperation that other cities envy — the so-called “San Antonio way.” It is not majority and minority; it is not radical left and reactionary right; it is not Anglo, Tejano, African American or other heritages. It is the San Antonio way.”

Found in the Express-News, 16 May, 2020
Pep Rally recognizes teen’s work to help city’s autism community
Adrian “A.J.” Ortiz, who has autism, raised $576 for @ATCofTexasSA by making and selling 200 keychains. “He really has a great heart.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 16 May, 2020
San Antonio Ismaili Community Holds ‘Share Your Blessings’ Drive
“Part of our faith is putting our ethics into action during a crisis.” They delivered 21 pallets of food & hygiene products for @safoodbank and 2,500 masks to the City.

Seen on KENS 5, 16 May, 2020
‘It’s not a lot to ask’: Local leaders say masks must still be prioritized, even as city trends in right direction in COVID-19 fight
Mayor Nirenberg: “This [mask] is a statement that says, ‘I respect you as a member of my community. I care about you. And I’m going to do what it takes to make sure you stay healthy, and also that we’re going to be able to open up our economy again.'”

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 May, 2020
Merit Coffee donates proceeds from Baby Yoda Fiesta medals to help local children in need
The proceeds of the medal sales were donated to Snack Pak 4 Kids – San Antonio.

Found in the Current, 16 May, 2020
San Antonio’s Merit Coffee Sells Baby Yoda Medal to Raise More Than $13,000 to Feed Hungry Kids
“Being a part of something bigger than us … brings true joy and makes us even more determined to press on and through.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 May, 2020
Churches across San Antonio come together to hold city-wide diaper drive
Diapers, wipes and formula can be dropped off at three local churches.

Seen on WOAI 4, 16 May, 2020
Mayor Nirenberg joins Muslim community to donate food, hygienic supplies to SA food bank
“These are uncertain times, but I’m thankful that we’re getting through them together.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 16 May, 2020
7,300 San Antonio Residents Have Requested Emergency Housing Assistance
Neighborhood and Housing Services expects they will reach 10,000 next week.

Seen on FOX 29, 17 May, 2020
‘We have had good fortune’: no COVID-19 deaths for San Antonio homeless community
While it might be difficult, city leaders said they are committed to making sure the homeless have the same access to COVID-19 testing as everyone else.

Seen on WOAI 4, 18 May, 2020
Local scientist writes book to help kids understand COVID-19
“I really want them not to get scared, not to panic, but just to understand what the disease is all about.”

Seen on KENS 5, 19 May, 2020
San Antonio, Wuxi students exchange messages of hope, support
When coronavirus started spreading in China, San Antonio sent messages of encouragement. Now, those students are returning the gesture with a donation of masks.

Seen on WOAI 4, 19 May, 2020
City giving local businesses and nonprofits free thermometers, sanitizer and masks
“We think we could really target our support for these really micro-businesses in town that are very important, vital to our economy.”

Found in the Express-News, 19 May, 2020
USAA, USAA Foundation increase COVID-19 assistance by $6.3M
Donations are directed to financial support for military families, food insecurity, COVID-19 medical research & equipment, & providing students access to online education.

Found in the Express-News, 20 May, 2020
San Antonio groups besides the food back helping to feed families during the coronavirus pandemic
“You can’t help but applaud anyone who takes the initiative to feed those in need.”

Heard on KTSA Radio, 19 May, 2020
Bexar Co. Commissioner Calvert delivers safety supply kits to small businesses
“It’s been hard to find items for lots of folks, especially thermometers.”

Found in the Express-News, 20 May, 2020
Calls about child abuse drop; that’s a red flag
“We ask every member of our community to also keep a watchful eye on children who might fall victim to abuse and neglect, virtually or in person.

Found in the Express-News, 19 May, 2020
Southwest Workers may not be a union anymore but still has a strikers’ fund
Southwest Workers has had a lot of partnerships, which is how it conducts business. Fuerza Unida, a South Side sewing cooperative, will produce masks for its members.

Found in the Express-News, 20 May, 2020
Bexar County set to offer $450 stipend to those participating in retraining program
“If we can’t get people educated, if we can’t give them hope, if we can’t help give them a skill, we will always face this poverty.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 May, 2020
Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong‘ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO says
“It’s been the COVID-19 crisis that has brought out this need. But it’s also brought out incredible generosity.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 20 May, 2020
San Antonio Lodging Association and Restaurant Association put on mobile food distribution
“We want to make sure the spirit of compassion and service that our employees have always provided to our visitors is given back to them during this uncertain time.”

Heard on Texas Public Raio, 20 May, 2020
San Antonio Finds Opportunities To Close Digital Divide During Coronavirus Pandemic
“I think that this is going to be a national model to close the homework gap across the country. I think in San Antonio, we’re taking the lead.”


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