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A ONECOMMUNITY thank you to every fan that made a donation this past year at one of our Gameday collections. The 2016 Gameday Collections were all overwhelmingly successful thanks to the tremendous generosity of all our fans. Toys, books, food, and clothing items poured in by the thousands in support of many local businesses and non-profits. Thank you to all who donated!
Each year, the Indianapolis Colts team up with Books for Youth and Cargo Services, Inc. to host a Book Drive. All donated books and monetary contributions benefit the Indiana Department of Child Services, who fill up backpacks with 25 age-appropriate books for local foster youth. To date, the Books for Youth program has collected over 800,000 books and distributed over 7,500 backpacks to youth in foster care throughout the State of Indiana.
The Indianapolis Colts and Damar Services collect hats and coats each winter. All items donated benefit the adults and children served by Damar Services, who has assisted people challenged by autism, and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities for nearly 50 years. Last season, the Damar Services Hat and Coat Collection received nearly 250 hats and coats and over $2,750 in monetary donations.
The Indianapolis Colts partner with Indy BackPack Attack to help provide local children with school supplies each season. Indy BackPack Attack has made it their mission to collect school supplies and provide children the tools they need to succeed in school. With the help of strategic community collaborations with Central Indiana organizations and businesses, Indy BackPack Attack has collected more than 3.5 million school supplies since 1999.
Every November, the Indianapolis Colts and Meijer team up to stock local food pantries through their SACKing Hunger Campaign. Through this campaign, we will host our 12th annual SACKing Hunger Food Drive at Lucas Oil Stadium during a 2017 Colts home game. All donations benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, an organization that stores and redistributes donated food to more than 350 hunger relief agencies to serve Indiana’s hungry.
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Indianapolis Colts and HopeLine from Verizon host a gameday cell phone collection. All phones, accessories and cash donated benefit Coburn Place Safe Haven, who helps provide local domestic violence victims with refurbished phones including a service plan along with other resources while offering safe a secure housing. In 2015, HopeLine set a goal to collect 1 million phones nationally, and any unsalvageable phones were recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy.