INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts on Tuesday offered assistance to the victims of this past weekend's Indianapolis-area tornado.
Now, Colts fans can offer their assistance, too.
In a presentation at John Marshall Middle School, Colts Executive Director of Administration Bill Brooks presented a $25,000 check to the Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross, reminding others in Central Indiana all contributions can make a difference.
"You can mail a check or donate online by visiting www.redcross-indy.org/donate and note Indy Eastside Tornadoes in the designation box," Brooks said.
The Colts distributed T-Shirts to children Tuesday morning as they entered the school building, where families sought shelter immediately after the tornado.
"We want to be a good community partner," Colts Owner and Chief Executive Officer Jim Irsay said.
Irsay also encouraged others in the community "to do what they can do to help those whose lives have turned upside down due to forces totally out of their control."
Following the check presentation, Colts Cheerleaders and Colts mascot Blue gave Colts T-Shirts - provided by MainGate and the Colts – to each student. Also present was the Colts' mobile football experience, Colts In Motion.
"What a great way to start the day, especially for our students whose families were displaced by the tornado," John Marshall Principal Jeffrey White said. "We appreciate having the Colts here today and their show of supfor the victims in our neighborhoods."
Said local Red Cross CEO John Lyter, "Like the team at John Marshall, volunteers have come forward to help victims recover. First Church of Nazarene, the CAFÉ Community Center, Forest Manor Community Center, Lawrence and Warren Township governments and the Federal Housing Authority are all working together along with many individuals to meet the enormous needs."