Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.
Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.
With more than 30 years of experience as a career diplomat, Ambassador James Creagan has served in more than a dozen countries around the world. He is the Director of the Center for International Studies, Ambassador in Residence, and the current holder of the Amy Freeman Lee Chair of Humanities at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Following his fall trip to Cuba, he will share new insights about this sunny isle of contrasts, known for its cigars and revolution, as it seeks new international partnerships, loosens restrictions on U.S. travel, and considers calls from business leaders, politicians, and religious leaders to lift embargoes.
During a recent tour of district 6, Councilman Ray Lopez stopped by several homes where volunteers were helping Rebuilding Together San Antonio, a local non-profit. Disabled and impoverished residents qualify for the work because they can’t do it themselves, and the organization attempts to work on 10 houses each year.
“I think we all recognize that there is a lot of work to be done in this community,” Lopez said to them.