Flood of donations after toy theft means 1,600 underprivileged San Antonio kids get toys instead of 60
SAN ANTONIO – As cars snaked past the San Antonio Housing Authority office Wednesday to be loaded with presents, it capped off a San Antonio holiday story fit for a movie. We became Whoville, or the North Pole -- whatever,” said SAHA Director of Community Development Initiatives Joel Tabar with a chuckle. The piles of toys handed out to children living in SAHA public housing properties were there, ironically enough, because of a theft, which ignited the city’s generosity in a big way. The donations included $17,000 in monetary contributions, he said, and SAHA was able to invite families at all of its public housing properties to register to get toys for their kids. Looking over Wednesday’s distribution event, Nieto called it “a blessing.”“The character of the city is what happened here,” Nieto said.