It’s that time of year: sunshine and shorts one day and winter coats the next. We’re headed toward another unpredictable Indiana winter, but with a little help from caring Colts fans, we can help keep Central Indiana kids warm and healthy no matter what Mother Nature throws our way!

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Colts mascot Blue helps out at the 2013 Coats for Kids

If you’re headed to Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday, October 5 to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the Baltimore Ravens, you have a great opportunity to be a part of the city-wide Coats for Kids program. For the 28th year, The Salvation Army is partnering with WTHR and Tuchman Cleaners to provide winter coats to more than 4,000 children in need in Central Indiana.

Representatives from WTHR, including Bob Gregory and Angela Buchman, will be outside of Lucas Oil Stadium collecting new and gently used coats from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. before the game. Just look for the big blue bins and “Donate Here” signs at every gate. Our goal is to fill a box truck courtesy of our partners at Two Men and a Truck to the very top with donated coats!

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Finding the perfect pink coat!

If you don’t have a coat to donate, you can still help. We’ll have donation buckets to collect money to purchase additional coats in the most needed sizes before Coats for Kids distribution on October 18 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. You can also visit our secure online Coat Shop to choose a specific size/gender coat for only $25, which will go directly to fill the racks at Coats for Kids.

Coats for Kids is an event that is open to the public. Any family in need of assistance can simply bring their children to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and choose a winter coat, gloves and other cold weather gear for each child.

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These brothers were toasty warm after choosing coats last year at Coats for Kids!

We’ve seen the need grow each year, which is why events like the Colts Coat Collection are so important. Please share this story and encourage your fellow Colts fans to clean out their closets or throw an extra coat in the shopping cart to support this great cause. You can also follow the Coats for Kids story on Facebook and Twitter by searching for the hashtag #Coats4Kids.

Thank you for your support, and GO COLTS!