INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, November 12, 2012, the Indianapolis Colts provided 10 mothers from Coburn Place Safe Haven with a Meijer shopping spree to provide their families with food and supplies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Colts NT Josh Chapman and CB Isaiah Green made crafts with the children while the mothers shopped with a $200 gift card, courtesy of Meijer.
During their visit, Chapman was interviewed by one of his youngest fans and Green shared his artistic ability as he decorated holiday treats and colored with the children.
This was the fifth consecutive year of this event, which took place at the Fishers Meijer. The participating mothers are currently served by Coburn Place, an organization that helps survivors of domestic violence and their families to heal and regain independence from abuse.
Check out photos from the Meijer Thanksgiving Shopping event **here**. Watch a video recap **here**.
For their "Community Tuesday" this week, the Colts continued their efforts with Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance to fight hunger by supporting Indianapolis' second annual Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana "Million Meal Marathon." The event took place at Lucas Oil Stadium and brought more than 3,200 volunteers together in honor of National Philanthropy Day (November 15). Volunteers packed nutritious meals that will be distributed through Gleaners, Midwest Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana to help end hunger for the one in four Hoosier children who are food insecure.
Colts DE Cory Redding, spokesperson for the Colts and Indiana Corn and Soybean "Hoosier Horsepower" program, kicked off this event by packing meals with FFA students. "It's not what you have done at the end of the day to make yourself better, but what you have done to make somebody else better by the end of the day…Being part of a group that is packing over 1 million meals for children is truly outstanding and humbling to me," explained Redding.
Colts teammates, P Pat McAfee and LS Matt Overton, joined additional volunteers in the afternoon during the event. Colts cheerleaders also made special appearances throughout the day.
In addition to supporting the Million Meal Marathon, the goal of the "Hoosier Horsepower" program is to feed enough Indiana children to fill Lucas Oil Stadium (65,000). For every tackle the Colts make during the 2012 season, $10 will be donated to Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana. Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for malnourished and starving children and their families in the United States and developing countries.
Visit www.colts.com/hoosierhorsepower to learn more about the program and to contribute to team's efforts. The Colts began this season's hunger relief efforts with Meijer's SACKing Hunger Food Drive at the Colts vs. Dolphins game on Sunday, November 4.
About Colts Community Tuesdays
The Colts are proud to team up with WTHR Channel 13 for our 2012 "Community Tuesday" events. 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. For more information on all of the Colts outreach efforts, visit www.colts.com/community.
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Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 197 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor 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 Indiana Corn Marketing and Indiana Soybean Alliance
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council's vision is to be a catalyst for innovation and leadership for Indiana agriculture. *ICMC is working to build new markets for corn through the promotion of livestock, ethanol, grain marketing, new corn uses, and research. Visit *www.incorn.org* for more information.*
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, grain marketing, aquaculture, new soybean uses, and research. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
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.
About Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana is a non-profit food-aid organization whose mission is to feed the hungry at home, the starving abroad, and teach our youth the power of volunteerism.