Community Relations

Books for Youth

Briefly: The Indianapolis Colts are committed to provide backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books to every foster child in the State of Indiana.

In 2006 the Indianapolis Colts announced a partnership with the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) for the "Books for Youth" program, presented by Cargo Services. Through this program, the Colts and the DCS will provide every foster child in Indiana with their own personal library of 25 books.

On any given day in Marion County alone, more than 1,200 children are in the foster care system and too often they leave their belongings behind when they move. The Colts and DCS want to change that by helping place 25 age-appropriate books per child into the hands of foster youth and young adults and are asking for community support to make a smart handoff to Indiana's youth.

To date we have collected more than 875,000 books for "Books for Youth!" Below are some ways you can helps us continue our mission of providing EVERY foster child in Indiana with their own backpack filled with 25 books.

About Cargo Services Inc

Cargo Services global logistics team is considered one of the best in the business by its customers and professional partners throughout Indiana, the Midwest and the world. Company owners, managers and employees have more than 500 years of combined international transportation experience in all facets of freight-forwarding and customs brokerage services. The team of nearly 30 employees uses its talents, knowledge and expertise to partner with clients representing manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, plastics, animal feed, food, publishing and other business sectors to seamlessly move air, ocean and ground cargo. The team creates long-term customer relationships of trust through the company’s “3-C culture”: customer focused, creative solutions and community driven. For more information visit

Hosting Your Own Book Drive!

To find out how you can host a book drive in your community, visit

You may also drop off new or gently used books for children of all ages at any Indianapolis Marion County Library branch or Department of Child Services office. For a listing of branch locations, please click here.

Books for Youth Coloring Page

To download the Books for Youth Coloring Pages, click here (PDF).

Cargo Services is a proud sponsor of the Books for Youth program.