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Bethea spoke briefly to the men to encourage them to keep a positive mindset and rely on faith to help overcome their challenges. Upon completing their meals and exiting the shelter, Bethea and Powers took turns distributing a hat to each person, courtesy of LIDS and the Colts.
This visit was inspired by a clothing drive headed by Bethea. At the beginning of the season, Bethea set his sights on conducting a clothing drive that could benefit individuals in need. He activated his teammates and their families to do a ‘clean sweep’ of their closets by pulling out gently used clothing and shoes that they out grew or no longer needed. This resulted in hundreds of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing being collected.
The men’s clothing was donated to The Clothing Room at Wheeler’s downtown shelter for men, which provides clothing free of charge to any homeless man who visits the shelter. The Julian Center, which provides shelter for women and children who have escaped domestic violence and are rebuilding independence, received the women’s and children’s clothing.
On Tuesday, Bethea returned to Wheeler Mission for the “Our Hearts to Your Soles” distribution, presented by Methodist Sports Medicine. More than 100 homeless men received free shoes, socks and foot screenings.
A pro at giving back, Bethea has continued to make an impact on the lives of others through his participation in Colts Community Tuesdays, United Way’s TEAM NFL program and leading his Safe Coverage Foundation, which provides access and resources for students to achieve their dreams of earning higher education. To learn more about Safe Coverage Foundation, please visit www.antoinebethea.com/safe-coverage-foundation.