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. Monday's event marked the second of several distributions the Colts, DCS and Cargo Services, Inc. will partner on this year.
Colts SS David Sims greeted families and fitted the backpacks on the foster children. Cheerleaders were also on site for fans to get autographs and take pictures.
After the backpack distribution, families were invited into the Indians' dugout to meet Indians players and take a group picture on the field. Sims also threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Families stayed for the game to cheer on the Indianapolis Indians.
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 the Department of Child Services to give out backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books to 30 foster children