Good Samaritan Community Services


600 Families Receive Christmas Dinner Bags

SAN ANTONIO, January 10

Good Samaritan Community Services (Good Sam) is helping to feed 600 San Antonio families by providing the ingredients to prepare a holiday dinner. Each year, Good Sam provides the groceries necessary for families in need to enjoy a themed meal during the holiday season. The 2018 Annual Christmas Bag distribution takes place on Friday, December 15th, from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Good Sam located at 1600 Saltillo Street, San Antonio, Tx 78207.
Churches, civic organizations, corporations, and families across San Antonio have purchased, packaged, and delivered over 900 dinner bags over the last month to make this distribution possible for families on San Antonio’s West Side. The dinner bags include: a turkey, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, napkins, plates, and a small gift or game.
“Each season, our local churches and businesses come together to make sure our neighbors are able to prepare and participate in their own families feast,” said Good Sam’s CEO, Simon Salas. “We are blessed that San Antonians from all parts of the city are willing to put others first, so that all may break bread with those they love over the holidays.”
This offering is free to community members who have filled out an application and qualify for assistance. For more information about the event, contact Emily V. Kittrell at 210-424-0892 or

Good Samaritan Community Services Distributes Christmas Baskets to Families in Need

SAN ANTONIO, December 20

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) on San Antonio’s near west side. More than 470 bags brimming with canned vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and frozen chickens were distributed to families in need Friday, December 17.

“The holidays can be a difficult time for a family trying to make ends meet so giving the gift of a beautiful Christmas dinner they can share with their family is a blessing,” GSCS Chief Executive Officer, Jill Oettinger, said.

For more than ten years, Good Samaritan Community Services has, through the help of volunteers and philanthropists, provided Christmas baskets to needy families. Churches, schools, and other community volunteers collected items to make the perfect holiday meal along with something that makes the holidays special like ornaments, cards, and gingerbread houses. GSCS staff and volunteers collected, organized, and distributed the bags to selected families in the community. Over 400 families came to GSCS seeking assistance this holiday season and with 420 families registered to receive Christmas baskets, it is sure to be a memorable day for everyone involved.

About Good Samaritan Community Services:

Since its founding in 1951, GSCS has actively served as a place of change, reaching out to support individuals and families in overcoming the impact of poverty. Our mission, changing lives through excellent community services, is carried out through the delivery of programs and services designed to foster education, character development, healthy living and self-sufficiency.