Books for Youth, serving Hoosier foster youth

Community Driven: Cargo Services sponsors
13th Books for Youth season

This statewide Indiana program provides 25 age-appropriate books in backpacks to Hoosier foster youth, who have little to call their own. Books for Youth is operated in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Child Services and the NFL Indianapolis Colts.

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard and his entire family join the Books for Youth team to support Hoosier foster youth. An adoptive family, the Ballards are
passionate about their support for foster youth. Watch the video here to learn more.

As of June 2019, there were over 14,000 children in the Indiana foster system. “Many of these kids have little to call their own. Study after study proves reading is a key to lifelong success. If we can give these kids something of their own that also provides an educational opportunity, we’re providing an experience to help move foster children toward a successful adulthood. We’re inviting Colts fans to join us, and make a donation to support of Hoosier foster children,” says Cargo Services CFO Steve Fugate.

Support the program during the 2019 Colts season through the Buy One Give One program. For each backpack purchased one is donated to the program and distributed to an Indiana foster child. Visit the Colts website for details and to make purchases. Books can be donated in Indianapolis at any Marion County Public Library.

Project Open House partnership

In conjunction with Books for Youth, the Cargo Services team sponsored Project Open House in partnership with the Indiana Department of Child Services and Colts for the fifth year.

This year, 17 Hoosier seniors graduating from high school personalized their graduation experience by inviting up to 25 guests including family, friends, neighbors, teachers and coaches. They also planned their own menus along with receiving graduation cakes, cards and gifts. The majority of the gradates will be attending college or university to continue their education. Congratulations to each of you!

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