INDIANAPOLIS – Ding, ding, ding! That sound is probably familiar to most Hoosiers who've been out and around Central Indiana for the past several weeks – it's the sound of the Salvation Army bell ringers. On Sunday, December 19, that familiar sound will be heard around Lucas Oil Stadium as the Colts prepare to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a pivotal AFC match-up.
Beginning at 11 a.m. bell ringers will be stationed outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate and inside each corner of the stadium on street level. Colts fans are encouraged to drop off a donation as they head to their seats – any donation, not matter how small, will help the Salvation Army reach their Christmas goal this year.
"The Salvation Army is grateful to Colts fans, staff, and players for their continued support. Donations have lagged behind last year while demand for assistance continues to grow," said Jeff Stanger, Development Director for the Salvation Army, Indiana Division. "As we face increasing need for food, shelter, and emergency assistance, it's comforting to know that the Colts organization is invested in our community and committed to helping us do the most good."
Sunday's collection is just one of several ways the Colts have partnered with the Salvation Army this year. Earlier in the season, the team hosted a Coats for Kids collection and WISH Tree Toy Drive to help the Salvation Army provide coats and toys for families in need. In addition, Colts Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tom Zupancic, co-hosted the annual WIBC Radiothon, providing Colts tickets and autographed memorabilia to help raise more than $140,000 for the Salvation Army.
To find out more about the Salvation Army and how you can help those in need, visit www.salvationarmyindiana.org.