BOOKS FOR FOSTER YOUTH DESTROYED

Maingate and the Colts are donating 80 backpacks to foster youth for the Books for Youth program - find out how you can help.

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Pipeline Burst Destroys 2,000 BooksINDIANAPOLIS – Maingate and the Indianapolis Colts are donating 80 backpacks to replace those damaged due to a recent pipeline break in the facility used to store supplies for the Books for Youth program. An additional 200 book collection boxes and 2,000 books were also destroyed.

To help recover the losses from this past weekend's pipeline break, the Colts and Department of Child Services will also host book collections at some of the Colts playoff events this week, including their Blue Wednesday and Blue Friday rallies in Columbus, Ind. and Indianapolis, Ind., respectively. See below for complete details on these events. Fans may also donate new or gently used books at any Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library branch or at any DCS office across the State.

Upcoming Colts Books for Youth Collections:

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 – Blue Wednesday

  • FairOaks Mall in Columbus, Ind.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, January 2, 2009 – Blue Friday

  • Circle Centre Mall in Downtown Indianapolis
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fans can drop off new and gently used books at either of the Colts events this week. Cash donations to purchase books and book bags for the Books for Youth program will also be accepted at each of the events listed above. For complete details on the Colts playoff events, visit www.colts.com/playoffs.

About Books for Youth
Started in 2006 through a partnership between the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), Books for Youth is an initiative designed to provide every foster child in the State of Indiana with a personal library of 25 books. In order to accomplish this goal, the Colts and DCS are attempting to collect 350,000 books by the end of the Colts 2008-09 season. To date, more than 260,000 books have been collected throughout the State.

To learn more about the Books for Youth initiative, visit www.colts.com/booksforyouth or http://www.in.gov/dcs/2342.htm.

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