INDIANAPOLIS – In true team and holiday spirit, Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks united to host a special holiday shopping event on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the East Washington Street Meijer store for more than 50 middle school and high school children from Shepherd Community Center (Indianapolis, Ind.). The "Colts QB Holiday Shopping" event echoed a simple, yet significant declaration: "Passing Along the Joy" – the mission inspired by Colts QB Drew Stanton who facilitated this annual holiday tradition in previous years prior to joining the Colts. Through this event, Stanton took the initiative to begin building a legacy with his new teammates that would positively impact local children. In addition to presenting festive t-shirts displaying the "Passing Along the Joy" sentiments, each child received a $100 Meijer gift card to shop for holiday gifts!
To kick off the event, the children were greeted with their own private pizza party, compliments of Papa John's Pizza. After a warm welcome, Stanton introduced the children to Colts QB Coach Clyde Christensen. Christensen spent a few moments sharing the true meaning of Christmas, encouraging the youth to look beyond current challenges with faith, humility and the determination to live right.
Stanton then announced the line-up of players who would assist the children in checking off items on their wish lists: QBs Andrew Luck and Chandler Harnish, along with TE Dwayne Allen, TE Coby Fleener, WR T.Y. Hilton, P Pat McAfee, LS Matt Overton, C A.Q. Shipley and WR Griff Whalen. WR Austin Collie also stopped by to show support and greet the kids.
After taking group photos to memorialize the unique occasion, the children flooded the aisles with speed. Popular selections included: clothing, cameras, movies, jewelry and even plants. At the end of the evening, smiles gleamed with satisfaction and resolve that this holiday season would be merry after all.
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