INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, November 18, 2013, the Indianapolis Colts provided a holiday shopping experience for 11 mothers from Sheltering Wings, an organization that provides emergency housing and serves victims of domestic violence, at Meijer located on Southport Road. In preparation for Thanksgiving, the women were encouraged to purchase items for the holiday and household needs while their children joined Colts players and Blue making holiday crafts.
To begin the evening, the women and their families met at Meijer for a light meal. Colts OLB Cam Johnson, OLB Erik Walden and Blue joined the group briefly before they separated to commence shopping. Mothers attending were surprised with a $300 gift card to go towards their holiday shopping needs, courtesy of Meijer. The children participated in activities with the players to make crafts and edible holiday treats while watching a movie.
After shopping, Johnson and Walden stayed to sign autographs and take pictures with their new friends. Each family was presented with goodie bags before departing, courtesy of the Colts.
This is the sixth year the Colts and Meijer have teamed up for this holiday shopping event. This event is part of the Colts "Community Tuesday" program and was created to give families in need the opportunity to enjoy a special holiday experience and purchase items they could not otherwise afford. Meijer has partnered with the Colts to support several outreach projects this year, including the SACKing Hunger Food Drive, Horseshoe Helpings *and Shop with a Colt *events.
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About Colts Community Tuesdays
During the regular NFL season, Tuesday is the only day off players receive. As a result, the Colts utilize every Tuesday to engage their players in various charitable events and programs throughout Central Indiana. From schools and hospital visits to blood drives and holiday outreach, Colts players participate in a wide variety of "Community Tuesday" activities throughout the season. Follow the Colts throughout the community *@coltscommunity* on Twitter and *Colts in the Community* on Facebook. For more information on all of the Colts outreach efforts, visit www.colts.com/community.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the "one-stop shopping" concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings.
About Sheltering Wings
Sheltering Wings provides 24-hour safe, emergency housing for women and children who are fleeing from danger. They offer victims of domestic abuse a safe, supportive and Christ-centered environment that allows for recovery from the effects of abuse, and the development of resources to avoid future abuse. Their facility can house up to 68 women and children. Assistance is provided to any victim from any background. For more information, visit www.shelteringwings.org.