Bexar Hugs Auxiliary

Who We Are

The Bexar Hugs Auxiliary of Assistance League of San Antonio was founded in 1994 and certified by National Assistance League in 1995.  The members of the Bexar Hugs Auxiliary are primarily professional women who worked outside their home and volunteer evenings and on Saturday.  Each member volunteers a minimum of 30 service hours per year to support their programs and fundraising efforts.

Mission Statement

The Bexar Hugs Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization created to support the programs and projects of Assistance League of San Antonio.

What We Do

The Bexar Hugs Auxiliary funds Auxiliary programs and provides support to four chapter programs:

  • ALamo Bears (see impact below)
  • ALamo Totes (see impact below)
  • In support of Operation School Bell®, the Bexar Hugs members work as needed to get the dressing area stocked and ready for distribution to children and agencies,  The members also assemble the hygiene kits.
  • Bexar Hugs also fund a  scholarship grant and enhanced learning grant.
  • Each December, the Bexar Hugs provide outfits to the Togs For Tots program that their members have donated.

The Bexar Hugs Auxiliary members staff the Assistance League Thrift House on the fifth Saturday of the month, dress students for Operation School Bell on the first and fourth Friday and the third Thursday of the month, and work side-by-side with members on other Assistance League programs.

Meetings and How to Join

Meetings are held at the chapter house, 2611 West Avenue, on the second Tuesday of each month, except June and July.  A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 6:15 p.m.  Generally, there is an opportunity before the social hour of the business meeting to work on programs.

Contact us:

Bexar Hugs Auxiliary
(210) 732-1200

2023-24 Governing Board


Brenda Dirks

Chair Elect

Connie Ehler

Vice Chair Programs

Ellen Hessel

Vice Chair Membership

Suzie Elkins

Vice Chair Resource Development

Donna Watkins

Recording Secretary

Mary Hansen

Corresponding Secretary

Melissa Chapman

Assistant Treasurer

Sheryleen Grothus

Parliamentarian/Policies Revision

Donna Coyne

Strategic Planning

Donna Coyne, Ellen Hessel, Donna Watkins, Suzie Elkins

Caring & Commitment

Suzie Elkins, Donna Coyne, Rosa Gonzales, Judy Vilcoq

2022-2023 Community Impact

ALamo Bear’s Program of the Bexar Hugs Auxiliary provides stuffed bears to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.  They are passed out to children in need of comfort due to family issues.  The budget for the bears was $1,850.  Due to the increase in cost of the bears and shipping costs, we spent a total of $1,970 for a total of 250 bears.  In 2022-2023, 250 children were impacted by this program.  Member volunteers spent a total of 15 hours in support of this program.

In 2019-2020, 450 children were impacted by this program and member volunteers contributed 13 hours in support of this program.

The ALamo Totes contain items that are gender and age appropriate, such as blankets, toys, books, and hygiene products.  The recipients range in age from 5 to young teens.  We obtain the tote bags from the “My Stuff Bags” organization.  We provided these tote bags to ChildSafe (200 bags), Haven for Hope (25 bags) and SAMMinistries (25 bags).  The budget for this program was $1,325 but we did not spend any money as My Stuff Bags did not bill us for shipping this year.  Sometimes they obtain grants that cover the shipping cost.  In 2022-2023, 250 children and their families were impacted by this program.  Member volunteers spent a total of 10 hours in support of this program.