'Boots and Bows' creator gives back to youth in shelters

She started an online clothing store to help make ends meet. Now, she's using it to help infants and kids in San Antonio shelters.

SAN ANTONIO - Lisa Medellin’s CASH FOR KINDNESS surprise unfolded outside the sales office for UPS where she works on the Northwest Side.

Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf waited for her shift to end by her car.

“I think this is her coming!” he said as he raced towards her. “Time to show the spirit of San Antonio!"

Medellin uses her online clothing store, Boots and Bows, to give back to children and families of South Texas. She has different sewing projects to benefit organizations like Haven for Hope and the San Antonio Children's Shelter.

Decorative bibs for infants, along with shorts, skirts, scrunchies, scarves and blankets for kids, are all handmade. She donates them by the hundreds.

“You must be Lisa?” Wolf asked her by her parked car.

“You guys all came out of the bushes!” she said with a nervous laughter.

Medellin is a skilled seamstress. She uses her talent passed down from her mother to always remember her upbringing.

“We really didn't ever have a lot,” she told Wolf. “And when we got new stuff, it's when my mom would go and buy fabric and bring it home and she'd sew it."

Now, she's teaching her own daughter how to use fabric, scissors, pins and sewing machines to give back.

“I have a 9-year-old and she helped me with my project,” she recalled after a donation to the Children’s Shelter. “And when we went, she got emotional too. She told me these babies don't have a lot. And she's glad that we're able to help them even if it's just 1 or 2 things. It's brand new for them."

Several of her co-workers secretly nominated Medellin. They also volunteer to help with her kindness crusade.

“You're the most inspiring people I've ever met since I've known you here at UPS for the last 2 or 3 years," Victoria Dovalina said. “I just want San Antonio to know that there are good people in the world, and you're one of them. You deserve this.”

Medellin reached out to give her friend and co-worker a hug. Then she started to cry. Wolf shared how her nomination on CASH FOR KINDNESS came with an award.

“You have a heart of gold,” Wolf told her. “And at Fox San Antonio, we reward people for their selfless acts of kindness. I have a program called CASH FOR KINDNESS. Would you put your hand out for me?"

Medellin counted the money he put in her hands.

“$500, $600, $700, $800, $900, $1,000," she said as tears ran down her cheek.

“Why are you so emotional? Wolf asked.

“Because this really will go a long way,” she said. “It'll really go a long way to help the San Antonio community."

Click here to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS award


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