How To Help During COVID-19 Crisis: Donate Blood, Adopt A Pet, Prep Kits For Homeless | Texas Public Radio

How To Help During COVID-19 Crisis: Donate Blood, Adopt A Pet, Prep Kits For Homeless

Mar 20, 2020

Many San Antonio charities and assistance organizations are not accepting volunteers as social distancing continues. Donations are needed to help them weather through.

Christian Assistance Ministry

Christian Assistance Ministry has decided to keep its doors open to serve those less fortunate in the San Antonio community.

If you’re interested in helping from the safety of your own home, you and your family can put together hygene or food kits and drop them off at either of their two locations.

A list of items needed for each kit and more opportunities to safely volunteer are online at

Animal Care Services

Animal Care Services announced that because of the city's stay at home order, it will no longer allow public intake at its facility on 4710 State Hwy 151.

"We ask that residents call 311 or use the 311 app if they find a roaming pet," the Facebook announcement explained. "Officers will maintain patrols for public safety calls, and ACS teams remain in place to care for the pets on site."

It also asked anyone planning to surrender a pet at this time to reconsider because of the facility's limited capacity.

For those looking to adopt, they must first make an appointment. For adoption appointments, click here. For foster information and other services, click here.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center continues to seek donors to avoid a critical blood shortage for hospitals in the region during the coronavirus outbreak.

Center officials say social distancing measures are in place to keep donors safe and donors must make appointments to prevent crowding in waiting rooms.

Donors can make an appointment and find out more information about the upcoming drives listed below at or by calling 210-731-5590.

The next drives will be held at the following locations and times:

Holiday Inn Stone Oak
19280 Redland Road, San Antonio, TX 78259
Monday, March 30, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The Garage at Pearl
250 E. Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78215
Tuesday, March 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pedrotti’s Ranch
13715 FM 1560 N, Helotes, TX 78023
Wednesday, April 1, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Stevens High School gymnasium
600 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251
Thursday-Friday, April 2-3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cornerstone Central Campus
711 Culebra Road. San Antonio, TX 78201
Saturday-Sunday, April 4 5, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

San Antonio Food Bank

The San Antonio Food Bank needs volunteers to help distribute meals to school children, seniors, and for mobile food pantries.

Interested volunteers can contact the food bank at or call 210-431-8388.

Volunteers are also wanted to put together hygiene kits for the homeless. The kits should include hand sanitizer, wipes, soap, a bottle of water, and snacks. The items may be placed in a plastic grocery bag and dropped off at the nearest San Antonio Police Department SAFFE substation. For more information visit their website.

United Way

The United Way has canceled some charitable events until further notice to reduce the risk to volunteers.

Meals On Wheels

Meals On Wheels is not accepting volunteers but donations of any size are be accepted to support their efforts. You can donate online and via Venmo or Cash App. The user name for both platforms is @mowsatx.

San Antonio Humane Society

The San Antonio Humane Society does not need volunteers either. It says it needs donations to care for animals and staff. Learn more at their website.

Call ahead to your favorite charity to see what they need most: volunteers or donations or both.

Brian Kirkpatrick can be reached at and on Twitter at @TPRBrian.