Event to receive donations until November 11

Mary Toppins Yogurt joins effort to benefit Salvation Army

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- A campaign to benefit the local chapter of the Salvation Army has been started by Danny Goodman, an assistant football coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

The project, according to Goodman, is to impact the Waxahachie community while helping supply food to less fortunate families during the holidays. Individuals can donate food items* (see details below) until November 11 on campus or at Saturday’s final home football game at Lumpkins Stadium.

“We’re asking people to open their hearts,” Goodman said this week, “by giving canned food or donations that will be a blessing to others. The Salvation Army is one of the most respected and trusted organizations in America and they are known for their ministry and charity work. We support their mission to change lives.”

Goodman also announced that Mary Toppins Frozen Yogurt (located behind Cotton Patch on hwy 77) is the event’s official sponsor. The owners of the popular new shop are Jeff and Kari Wilson.

Now in his second year on the staff of head coach Jesse Godding , Goodman serves as coach of the defensive secondary.

Individuals and businesses are urged to bring their gifts to the historic Claxton Gym (built in the 1920’s) on the SAGU campus, where receptacles have been placed in the foyer. Donations and items will be received until November 11. The gym is on the east side of campus, and is easily accessible from the East University (by the Burger King off of Hwy 77) entry.

This Saturday, October 22, is homecoming at Southwestern. The final home game of the season, against Oklahoma Panhandle State University, will be played at Lumpkins Stadium at 2:00pm. The food drive will be one of the day’s highlights.

Fans are encouraged to bring three or more canned goods to any of the entry gates into the stadium. Participants will be given a raffle ticket for prize drawings after each quarter during the game. Local businesses who are also involved in the benefit, have given the prizes, including a grand prize to be announced at end of the game.

To receive a raffle ticket prior to the game, drop canned goods and/or donations off at the Graduate Assistants Office in Claxton, which is next to the new locker room and weight room.

All proceeds during the project will go directly to the Salvation Army.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

*Canned Foods: Creams, soups, vegetables, fruit and sauces