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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 850,000 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.

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Books For Youth Backpack Donation Program

For every backpack purchased from the Colts Pro Shop, $5 will be donated to the Colts Books for Youth program to provide a backpack filled with 25 books to an Indiana foster child.

About CSI Cargo Services:

Cargo Services is a freight forwarding company established in Indianapolis by John Rowe and Steve Fugate in 1992. The trusted and tenured team moves imports and exports by land, sea and air for clients throughout the Midwest. The team has a 3-C culture: Customer Focused, Creative Solutions and Community Driven. Cargo Services has sponsored Books for youth in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Department of Child Services for over 10 years. 

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