The residential life department at Southwestern Assemblies of God University is determined to donate 2,500 pairs of shoes to those of need in third world countries.

“The purpose for this shoe drive fundraiser is dual-purposed: to raise the funds needed to enhance our SAGU Leadership Conference and to change lives,” said Courtney Miller, the Guynes dorm pastor.

The college will collect gently used and new shoes in all sizes. Those shoes will turn into funds to support the SAGU Leadership Conference. At this weekend event, students are educated, equipped and empowered to be leaders on campus and after graduation.

“Not only does the shoe drive help raise funds for our conference, but the company we are working with will ensure that every pair of shoes collected will be sent to benefit people in developing countries of Africa and Central America, providing jobs and financial freedoms that they might not have otherwise,” Miller elaborated.

Students at SAGU encourage the community to get involved to help make a difference and meet the goal amount. “With your help, we believe this is possible,” Miller expressed.

SAGU students will collect the shoes until Jan. 10, 2019. The Residential Life office will serve as the primary drop-off location and other areas around town will be designated for easier access such as Fresh Coffee and Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie. The office is located on campus and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.—12 p.m. and 1 p.m.—5 p.m.