INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 8, 2015) – Toys in hand, hundreds of Colts fans helped make this upcoming Christmas a little brighter for thousands of Hoosier kids.
Setup around the stadium Sunday were collection sites for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree.
“Lots of toys,” Major Bob Webster said, divisional commander for the Salvation Army of Indiana. “I saw some cars and some farm sets.”
For 30 years the program has helped struggling families nationwide provide a better Christmas for kids.
This year, for the first time in partnership with CBS4, the Salvation Army is launching the Angel Tree in Central Indiana.
“We went shopping for boys and girls,” Tom Hanlon said, a Colts fan. “Then we made a special effort not to leave the house without the package today.”
On Sunday alone 650 toys and clothing items were collected.
“They won’t have to decide about whether to pay the rent or the utility bill or even go food shopping in order to buy gifts,” Webster said.
The drive is meant to extend the Salvation Army’s reach by empowering Hoosiers to help their neighbors.
“Everybody’s been so supportive and very, very generous,” Bob Donaldson said, CBS4 anchor. “It’s really touching. They know the need is out there in the community.”
CBS4 co-anchor Debby Knox added, “And they’re going to be supporting 3,000 kids in Marion County. So this is a great cause.”
And there’s still time for Hoosiers to chip in.
From November 21 through December 13, Angel Trees will be on display in Castleton Square Mall in the center court, on the north side of Indianapolis, and at Greenwood Park Mall in front of Macy’s, on the south side.
Shoppers will be able to choose an Angel from a tree on Saturdays and Sundays– plus on Black Friday during normal mall hours.
They will be given special Angel Tree bags to be filled with gifts for their Angel. Each Angel tags includes a child’s age, clothing and shoe sizes, “wants” (like toys or games) and “needs” (like jeans or boots). Once filled, the bags can be brought back to the Angel Trees, which are set up just outside the Macy’s mall entrance at both locations.