COLTS HOST CELL PHONE COLLECTION

Prior to their matchup against the Packers on Friday, the Colts and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence will collect new and gently used cell phones for victims of domestic violence.

INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday, August 26, the Colts will team up with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to host a cell phone collection prior to the Colts vs. Packers game. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., volunteers from ICADV will be collecting new and gently used cell phones for victims of domestic violence.  Donations will be collected at the Colts Community Collection Stations, presented by Toyota, located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium Gate.  Cash donations will also be accepted to support the purchase of blankets for ICADV's "Claire's Comfort for Kids" program. 

The 2011 Colts Gameday Collections program will continue to run throughout the season as a different collection is held to support a charitable cause prior to each home game.  Future collections include Coats for Kids, SACKing Hunger Food Drive and WISH-Tree Toy Drive. A complete list of future collections is available at www.colts.com/collections.

About Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence strives to eliminate domestic violence through the implementation of prevention programs including public education, advocacy for system and societal change, influencing public policy and allocation of resources.  To promote healthy relationships, ICADV provides quality comprehensive services for member programs and all individuals affected by domestic violence across the state.  For more information about ICADV, visit www.violenceresource.org.

About Claire's Comfort for Kids Claire's Comfort for Kids was created by Claire Helmen, a 12-year-old student at Saint Thomas Aquinas School in Indianapolis. Having observed her mother's work with victims of domestic violence, Claire wanted to find a way to help children who are often victims of trauma. Facilitated by ICADV, Claire's Comfort for Kids provides blankets to all IMPD patrol officers, who in turn offer them to children involved in traumatic situations such as domestic abuse, automobile accidents, fires, separation from parents, etc. For more information about Claire's Comfort for Kids, visit www.violenceresource.org

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