At Temple Beth-El, December was Mitzvah (good deed) month, and Oy! were they busy! In the photo above, Tavi & his Dad collected snacks for the Interfaith Welcome Coalition and their refugee back back mission at the bus station. Every Wednesday we publish this compassionate news roundup. If you want to read the stories as we find them, follow us on Twitter @compassinateNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate stories!

Found in Texas Highways, January 2018
Mr. and Mrs. G’s Serves Up Soul Food in San Antonio
An experience he had as a 20-year-old trainee at Lackland Air Force Base in 1958 gave him perspective on the healing potential of kindness and a home-cooked meal.

Found on KENS 5, 26 December, 2018
Man offers free hugs to strangers
Canadian Arie Moyal’s “Hug Train” uses hugs to take on the loneliness epidemic and help create a healthier, more compassionate world.

Found in the Express-News, 27 December, 2018
Doing jail time while learning how to be a nurturing father
“We teach students that being a good father is about being patient and understanding that a child’s job is to be a child.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 28 December, 2018
St. Jude’s Ranch For Children Texas gets surprise visitor
Jennifer Johnson, a former foster resident at St. Jude’s, traveled 18 hours from her home in North Carolina to surprise dozens of children with Christmas gifts.

Found in the Rivard Report, 29 December, 2018
San Antonio Author Rudy Ruiz Seeks to Build Bridges, Not Walls, Through Fiction
What he hopes to inspire in his readers is the same vision of America that inspired him as a border-crossing child, “a time when our countries were focused on building bridges not walls … an America that welcomed immigrants and embraced people from different cultures.”

Found in the Express-News, 30 December, 2018
At Methodist Children’s Hospital, dogs bring comfort through ‘power of the paw’
Jaime and his half-sister Hazel sit at children’s bedsides as they undergo procedures. They nuzzle stressed nurses and help fortify bereaved families.

Found in Local News, 28 December, 2018
Taking the reins to help troubled young people
CHAPS (Children and Horses Always Produce Success) and the Salado Wilderness Trail, located on 29 acres next to the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center, were created to help change the attitudes and life paths of young offenders.

Found in the Express-News, 2 January 2018
San Antonio photographer Michael Nye explores blindness in book, Witte Museum exhibit
“Most people consider blindness as almost as scary as death.”


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