It’s no secret that living through a pandemic has changed the way we all go about our day to day lives. Stricter health and safety regulations, social distancing, and an emphasis on the avoidance of being in public if it isn’t necessary are only a few of the many shifts that the culture of the United States has experienced over the last five months. San Antonio City Councilwomen Adriana Rocha Garcia, Shirley Gonzales, Melissa Cabello Havrda, and Ana Sandoval have decided to distribute free supplies to nonprofits and microbusinesses in districts 4,5,6, and 7 by partnering with local businesses.

Supplies will be distributed from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on August 11 at the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, whose address is 3006 Gen. Hudnell Drive.

These free health and safety kits include necessary amenities such as hand sanitizer, masks and a touchless thermometer that microbusinesses and nonprofits may not have access to. Along with the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Maestro Entrepreneur Center, Southside First, West Side Development Corporation and Port San Antonio the aforementioned councilwomen plan to distribute these items to businesses that employ a large part of the city of San Antonio’s workforce and require the free supplies to continue operation amidst the time of COVID-19.

A statement made by the city of San Antonio reveals that small businesses and area-specific nonprofits combined are the largest employers in San Antonio. As businesses that are continuously employing large amounts of people during the pandemic, the councilwomen and local businesses want to support them with free supplies so that employees and customers both can stay healthy while business continues to operate.  This is not the first city-wide distribution. In fact, many district events and distributions have been held, typically in the Alamodome, since May, in hopes of support local San Antonio residents.