San Antonio businesses team up with CASA to serve special meal to foster children

Deco Pizzeria donates pizza to roughly 350 kids amid COVID-19 pandemic

SAN ANTONIO – Pizza can bring a smile to anybody, but those smiles mean so much more when they are coming from children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

A local pizzeria served up some smiles to area foster children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deco Pizzeria teamed up with Roofs Over Texas to help out Child Advocates San Antonio or CASA, to donate a special meal for about 350 foster children who have experienced abuse and neglect at the hands of family members.

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The CASA staff picked up the pizzas and delivered them to children in care to give them a little bit of normalcy in the midst of the coronavirus.

The owner of Deco Pizzeria, Jacob Valenzuela, said it felt good knowing he and Roofs Over Texas brought a spark of joy to the children that have gone through so much.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” Valenzuela said. “It makes me feel really good. Amir with Roofs over Texas told me, Jacob, we have to do something really special.”

He said it’s important to not forget about our vulnerable groups during this time.

“Non-profits they are not getting funding,” he said. ”Donations are minimized because of financial situations that big corporations are put in. So we are all feeling it, so it’s all so important to reach out to those non-profit organizations,” he said.

Valenzuela said he couldn’t see the children or recieve pictures because of protective orders they are under, but the organizers at CASA told him the kids were very excited.

About the Authors

Sarah Acosta is a weekend Good Morning San Antonio anchor and a general assignments reporter at KSAT12. She joined the news team in April 2018 as a morning reporter for GMSA and is a native South Texan.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.

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