INDIANAPOLIS – On Sunday, October 5, the Indianapolis Colts teamed up with WTHR, Tuchman Cleaners and The Salvation Army to host the "Coats for Kids" collection. Prior to the Colts vs. Ravens game, volunteers collected new and gently used coats from Colts fans for the "Bob Gregory Coats for Kids Campaign." Donations were collected at the Colts Community Collection Stations, presented by Toyota, located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate. Monetary donations were also accepted.
The first 2,000 fans who donated on Sunday received a gameday-safe clear cinch bag approved by the NFL.
This year the collection resulted in all-time highs for both coats and cash collected with totals of 3,121 coats and $8,855. A COLTSTRONG thank you goes out to all those who gave at this year's Coats for Kids Collection.
All proceeds will benefit the "Coats for Kids" campaign to distribute to children in Central Indiana who are in need of a warm coat. The Salvation Army, a partner of "Coats for Kids," facilitates monetary donations as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since WTHR, Tuchman Cleaners and the Salvation Army launched the program 28 years ago, more than 200,000 coats have been donated to help keep children in Central Indiana warm during the cold winter months. This year's "Coats for Kids" distribution will take place on Saturday, October 18th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information about the Coats for Kids campaign, visit www.wthr.com.
The Colts Gameday Collections program will continue to run throughout the 2014 season with a different charitable collection held prior to each home game. Upcoming collections include HopeLine from Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Collection and Meijer's SACKing Hunger Food Drive. A complete list of future collections is available at www.colts.com/collections.
*About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit *www.salvationarmyindiana.org*. *