Family Service Association’s Adopt-A-Family holiday program

Family Service Assoc_colorFor over 20 years Family Service Association has helped give thousands of families hope for the holidays through their Adopt-A-Family program. With major sponsors like Valero, Family Service is ensuring a bright December for San Antonio.

Take for instance, Valencia Carter. Her family was helped by the program. The only thing she wanted was to give her youngest son something nice. She spoke to her other two children and let them know that with deep regret she could only afford one present that year. Her eldest children accepted noting that their younger brother still needed something to believe in.

Family Service Association stepped in and quickly found her a family willing to donate items. The day of pick up soon arrived and Valencia stood awestruck and in tears. “The only thing my baby wanted was a bike; he could not stop thinking about it and brought it up every chance he got. I could not afford to get him a bicycle at the time so I had no idea how I was going to tell him.” The day she went to The Neighborhood Place, among the many wonderful basic need items, was a brand new shiny bicycle.

“I will never forget my son’s face.” Valencia Carter says, “To the people, whoever they are, that got us all of those wonderful things. I do not know if they will ever understand just what they did for my family. We have hope again that somehow everything is going to be ok.”

Family Service Association’s Adopt-A-Family program is still going strong. Help us. Call 210-299-2400 and let us know you want to adopt. Alternatively, fill out our sponsor application form found here:



Seaworld’s 50th celebration continues with a brand new Fourth of July fireworks display

SeaWorld logoSeaWorld San Antonio continues its 50th Celebration this Independence Day weekend by treating guests to a colorful new fireworks display at the park’s Ski Lake on July 4 and 5 at 9:45 p.m. This stunning mix of pyrotechnics is set to an all-new musical score featuring ten times more fireworks compared to last year’s display.

SeaWorld has rolled out several compelling offers for guests to see the new fireworks show, including an online discount of up to a $25 savings on a single-day admission. Guests can add Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, to their ticket to complete their star-spangled weekend.  For specific dates and times, guests can call (800) 700-7786 or visit

Seaworld_fireworksIn keeping with the spirit of Independence Day, SeaWorld® San Antonio will offer guests the 4th of July Fireworks Picnic at Penguin Plaza on July 4 and 5. This includes an exclusive all-you-care-to-eat buffet. The picnic begins at 7:15 p.m. for $44.99 plus tax for adults and $39.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9; children under 3 eat free. The Fireworks Picnic includes reserved seating on a private lakefront area and a complimentary towel with each adult purchase. Adults and children of all ages require a reservation, which can be done online at or by calling (800) 700-7786. SeaWorld® Annual Pass Members and their dependents receive a 20% discount off the price. Park admission is required, but not included.

SeaWorld will offer a Family Picnicat Ports of Call on July 4 and 5. Guests can pick a spot at any picnic table under the covered pavilions and help themselves to the park’s chef-prepared buffet of roasted chicken, sausage, pulled pork and a variety of sides. The picnic begins at 11:30 a.m. for $12.99 plus tax for adults and $7.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9; children under 3 eat free. Reservations can be made at or by calling (800) 700-7786.

SeaWorld will also offer reserved seating with the 4th of July VIP Seating. Guests interested in reserved seating at Ski Stadium on July 4 can visit or call (800) 700-7786. Package cost is $24.99 plus tax for ages 3 and up, and guests will receive a souvenir sports bottle, one (1) complimentary drink refill and a glow sword. Park admission is required, but not included.

SeaWorld® San Antonio will open at 9 a.m. on July 4 and 5 and will close at 10 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the park’s Ski Lake.

The holiday weekend is also a perfect time for active-duty military members to enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio free of charge under the Waves of Honor™ program. Waves of Honor provides the service member one complimentary admission per year to any one of the SeaWorld® or Busch Gardens® Parks, Sesame Place®, Adventure Island® ,Water Country USA® or Aquatica® San Diego (weekdays only).  This special offer also extends to as many as three of his or her direct dependents. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. In 2011 SeaWorldParks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.