INDIANAPOLIS – On Sunday, August 12, the Colts will team up with Coburn Place Safe Haven to host a cell phone collection prior to the Colts vs. Rams game. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., volunteers from Coburn Place will collect new and gently used cell phones and cash for "Claire's Comfort for Coburn Kids" program. Donations will be collected at the Colts Community Collection Stations, presented by Toyota, located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium Gate.
All donated cell phones will be converted to 9-1-1 emergency phones for victims of domestic violence. Funds collected will help provide blankets and bedding to children who live at Coburn Place.
Coburn Place Safe Haven, an Indianapolis-based transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence, is celebrating its new partnership with Claire's Comfort for Kids – now known as Claire's Comfort for Coburn Kids. Claire Helmen, a junior in high school, founded the project when she was in 6th grade to provide solace to child victims of trauma. Since that time, over 2,500 handmade blankets have been given out by police officers in 15 counties in Indiana, as well as North Carolina, and Guam! Claire has been recognized by multiple groups including the Junior League, Ernst and Young, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman for her initiative. With this new partnership, the children living at Coburn Place will be provided comfortable bedding as they begin a new life, safe from domestic violence and snuggled in warm blankets that Colts fans helped provide.
The Colts Gameday Collections program will continue to run throughout the 2012 season with a different charitable collection held prior to each home game. Upcoming collections include "Fill the Boot," School Supply Drive, and Geared for Health. A complete list of future collections is available at www.colts.com/collections.
About Coburn Place Safe Haven
Coburn Place Safe Haven provides women who have suffered from domestic violence and their children a chance to start anew, to finally accomplish a dream that an abusive partner and circumstances prevented. They provide safe, affordable housing with fully furnished apartments. They provide the encouragement and supportive services necessary for self-sufficiency. And they provide time, six months up to two years, to begin healing and move toward a life of independent living. For more information about Coburn Place, visit www.coburnplace.org.