BCFS-San Antonio Helps Families Start the School Year Right


On Saturday, August 10, local families were invited to a fair put on by BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio at the Sunset Station, located in the historic St. Paul’s Square of downtown San Antonio, Texas. The fair, which wove together healthy habits with back-to-school preparation, was an opportunity for featured community organizations to engage with families in the Alamo City.  

Partner organizations set up booths where they offered information directly to attendants about what they could provide them and their families. At the Methodist Healthcare Ministries table, nurses Eydie and Rose focused on the health consequences of consuming soda and other sugary drinks. The Texas Diaper Bank shared information on classes and resources they have for families with small children. Meanwhile, San Antonio Threads chatted with guests and answered questions about their mission to give new clothes to youth in need.

As part of the event, the RK Group served lunch with healthy options like assorted vegetables, pasta salad, and cold-cut sandwiches. The light and tasty meal was a cool refresher to the hot day.

Throughout the event, guests were invited to participate in health-focused activities appropriate for all age groups. Chris Winstead of Onsite Youth Training led courses in “ninja training” that combined flexibility and creativity to keep everyone limber. A team of trainers from Camp Gladiator challenged participants to a workout session that was half race and half aerobics. Cynthia Calzada Medellin led children and adults in a Zumba dance that challenged their rhythm as much as their heart rate.

When it was time for something a bit less demanding, guests enjoyed taking photos with local celebrities such as The Batman of San Antonio, Sparky the Fire Dog, H-E-Buddy, and McGruff the Crime Dog. Many other local heroes attended the event, including first responders from the San Antonio Fire Department and San Antonio Police Department, medical technicians from Acadian Ambulance Service of Texas, local volunteers, and staff from BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio, who work every day to better the lives of families in their community.

BCFS-San Antonio held a raffle and gave away prizes to a few lucky attendees. All the children and families who attended went home with a free backpack, school supplies, and a hygiene kit. In total, BCFS-San Antonio prepared 158 backpacks ready for distribution.

Saturday’s fair showed what is possible when communities unite in an exercise of faith, supporting and promoting one another in beneficial ways; strengthening ties and deepening trust.

Discover more of the BCFS System’s work with health and education initiatives around Texas.


Cynthia Calzada Medellin dances Zumba with attendants, keeping things groovy.
Local heroes line up in Sunset Station's Arcadian Room.
Members of the San Antonio Fire Department pose next to Engine 3, which was available for tour.
Sam Fuller twists balloons and stays busy.
First responders from Acadian Ambulance Service of Texas stand with an emergency-response vehicle.
BCFS-San Antonio prepared 158 backpacks for distribution.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries had visual representations that revealed the surprising amount of sugar in popular drinks.
Sparky the Fire Dog (right) and Sparky's human (left).
Staff from BCFS-San Antonio stand in the foreground alongside the San Antonio Police Department, including McGruff the Crime Dog.
A trainer from Camp Gladiator leads one of several exercise routines during the event.
BCFS' Mayra Carter (center) stands with members of the San Antonio Fire Department.


BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio thanks the following organizations and individuals for taking time to make this event so special for so many: