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. Tuesday's event marked the first of several distributions the Colts, DCS and Cargo Services, Inc. will partner on this year.
Prior to the backpack distribution, attendees walked through Colts in Motion, the team's traveling museum full of Colts history and memorabilia. Cheerleaders and the Lombardi Trophy were also on site for fans to take pictures. Colts Mascot Blue made a special appearance to play interactive games with the children as well as sign autographs.
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. and Josam to pass out backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books to over 30 foster children