Indianapolis- Now in its eighth year, through a partnership with the Colts, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and Cargo Services, Inc., Books for Youth is a statewide program that provides backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books to foster children in Indiana. The program focuses on promoting literacy by providing a personal library to every Indiana foster child. Friday's event marked the fourth of several distributions the Colts, DCS and Cargo Services, Inc. will partner on this year.
Prior to the backpack distribution, attendees visited Colts City which includes the PLAY 60 Zone, Colts In Motion traveling museum and interactive inflatables. Foster families also enjoyed a hospitality tent with snacks and refreshments exclusively for them. Attendees were given access to a special seating area for watching practice and several foster children received autographs at the end of the day. Following these activities, over 30 backpacks were given to the foster children.
To date, the Books for Youth team has collected more than 800,000 books for this program and has distributed more than 7,500 backpacks to foster children in Indiana.
Colts partnered with Cargo Services, Inc. to pass out backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books to over 30 foster children in the Anderson area