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11:42 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Feast of Sharing Serves Hundreds of Thousands Throughout Texas and Mexico

Volunteer Donna Skloss has spent 19 years volunteering with HEB's Feast of Sharing and says her holiday isn't complete without it1
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Boerne High School student Joseph Bonnin walks from table to table, trying to talk above the loud conversations and the Luis Portilla Orchestra playing Christmas tunes on stage. The 16 year old has a tray full of apple pies.

"It's the right thing to do," he says of his volunteerism. "Why not? It's great. I'm having fun here."

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Homelessness In San Antonio
2:59 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

SAMMinistries Memorial For Homeless Who Died On San Antonio Streets In 2012

Each year SAMMinistries honors the homeless who have passed away with a special memorial service: this year there were 66. The annual candlelight vigil to honor the homeless will be held tonight -- the longest night of the year.

This year, there were 11 fewer homeless deaths than last year. SAMMinistries CEO Navarra Williams said community concern and good shelters are part of the reason, but there’s also greater outreach to find people when they need to get inside.

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Community Giving
10:39 am
Thu December 20, 2012

$15 Million Christmas Miracle For San Antonio Food Bank

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich describes the hunger situation in San Antonio as 'embarrassing' and contributed to the $15 million goal for the Food Bank's expansion project
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With the help of a handful of partners, the San Antonio Food Bank will no longer have to use existing funds to pay for its warehouse expansion project.

A combined $15 million – the largest campaign ever conducted by the food bank – will completely fund the project, leaving the food bank leaders to use existing money to meet the day-to-day needs of people.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who also contributed to the goal personally, joked about his presence at the press conference to announce the news.

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Bicycle Safety
9:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

SAPD Sting Operation To Catch Drivers Endangering Cyclists

Mayor Julian Castro joins SAPD Chief William McManus announcing stricter enforcement of 3-foot law

Cyclists have the same rights to the roadways as do drivers of motor vehicles, but many drivers don’t realize they have to share the road; cyclists are also more vulnerable in accidents. 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced a two-pronged program in response to multiple cyclist deaths this year.

The educational part of program includes PSAs on TV and social media. The second prong is enforcement of the three-foot law:

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Community Giving
11:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Marriott's Tamalathon Helps Fight Hunger In San Antonio

Delia Enriquez, left, and Stephanie Herrera make tamales for the 2012 Tamalathon hosted by Marriott Hotels
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Making tamales is a time-honored tradition in the Alamo City, but another tradition on its way to becoming just as meaningful: the Marriott Hotel's Tamalathon.

Employees and other volunteers gather each holiday season to spread, stuff and roll tamales which will be sold by the thousands. All the proceeds benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

"You don't have to write it [the check] to us at all, that's where the money's going,” said the Marriott’s Dusty Smith, who oversees the Tamalathon.

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Community Giving
12:48 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
4:54 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Shooting Leads To Discussion: 'We Have To Act' On Gun Violence. But How?

A makeshift shrine honors the victims of a elementary school shooting that happened Friday in Newtown, Conn.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:07 pm

Editor's Note: In separate interviews for weekends on All Things Considered Sunday, host Guy Raz spoke with Rep. John Larson and journalist Paul Barrett. You can hear the discussions as they aired at the audio link above.

In a sermon Sunday morning on gun violence, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral said "enough is enough."

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Even When Talking To Kids About Death, Be Open And Honest

St. John’s Lutheran Church. The day school held a prayer service for children at the school and the community today.
St. Johns Lutheran Church

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is especially difficult to deal with because the majority of the deaths were children, but a local family ministry director says that honesty is still the best policy.

Katie Rode said parents may find themselves talking with their children about the shooting spree. Her advice is to be as open and honest as possible, and not worry about avoiding the word 'death.'

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Community Health
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Demographic Study Shows Latinos Live Longer, In Poor Health Sooner

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, dean of UTSA College of Public Policy, presents a demographic study at The Future of Latino Health Conference
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Latinos may have unique hurdles in getting affordable health care without the Obamacare plan in their future.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, UTSA’s Dean of Public Policy, said Latinos have the highest levels of non-insurance in the country, and in Texas; they also have the biggest hurdles to climb.

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Holiday Outreach
2:15 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

St. Mary's Basketball Team Brings Holiday Cheer To Hospital Patients

Coach Jim Zeleznak offers a basketball to the 11-month old daughter of oncology patient Johnny Gonzalez at University Hospital.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It’s no fun being stuck in the hospital over the holidays, and on Thursday, St. Mary’s University Basketball Team took to the streets to deliver some holiday cheer to some of San Antonio’s patients.

“How ya doin’? We’re the St. Mary’s Basketball Team,” Brad Hubenak said, introducing his teammates to patient Johnny Gonzalez.

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