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SAGU gives during the Christmas seasonWaxahachie, Texas — December 13, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has joined The United Way of West Ellis County (UWWEC) and other local churches to aid those in need in the community.

UWWEC serves alongside the efforts of local churches to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families by providing assistance in three major areas: education, financial stability, and healthcare.

SAGU is encouraging staff and faculty to give to UWWEC, to help make a difference in Ellis County and surrounding areas during the holidays. "If we step up and do our part, then many more in need of help will receive assistance," says President Kermit Bridges. "Our contributions will be a great encouragement to the good people serving faithfully in these various ministries."

The UWWEC provides a service to this part of the county by supporting a variety of non-profit ministries and agencies, which annually touch the lives of 40,000 county residents in need of a helping hand. The western part of the county includes Midlothian, Red Oak, Waxahachie, as well as several smaller communities.

UWWEC provides funding for service organizations such as American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Common Ground Ministries, Daniel’s Den Ministries, Ellis County Foster Parents Association, Hope Clinic, Kingdom Authority Ministries, Manna House, Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens Centers, Raquel’s Wings for Life, REACH Council for Prevention, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, and many more.

Lady Lions give to White Mountain Apache tribe

SAGU's women's basketball team provided gifts for the children of the White Mountain Apache tribe in Whiteriver, Arizona, through White River Assembly of God, pastored by Robert Jimenez.

The Lady Lions basketball team used their basketball shoe boxes and put their presents for a girl or boy inside. Inside each box the ladies put a picture of the team and a note to encourage the child in school and in the Lord and a Gideon New Testament Bible was also placed in each box.

"Our team has done missions work on the reservation before," said Coach Beadles. "Some of the ladies still know and love these children."

On the White Mountain Apache tribe, there is a 92 percent unemployment rate. Beadles says without their contributions and the contributions from White River Assembly of God many children would not have a Christmas.

Also, SAGU's men's and women's basketball teams volunteered on December 11 and 12 to ring the bell for the Salvation Army outside of Waxahachie Walmart.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 

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