Indianapolis is a sports-loving city, and The Salvation Army is heading into a weekend filled with great opportunities for our Pacers and Colts fans to do the most good for their neighbors in need.
The fun begins on Saturday night when the Indiana Pacers face up against the Portland Trailblazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Game time is 8:30 p.m., but starting at 6:00 p.m. fans will see the iconic red kettles and Salvation Army bell ringers all throughout the building. Saturday’s game will be the one time this season where fans can donate, so we’re encouraging everyone to collect their loose change or grab some cash before heading to the fieldhouse. Kettles will be easy to spot, with bell ringers stationed by the escalators and in the atrium, concourse, and stairwells. Money donated before the game will help programs right here in central Indiana, including our homeless shelter for women and children, feeding programs, and emergency utility assistance during the cold winter months.
Football fans heading to watch the Indianapolis Colts play the Houston Texans will also have a great chance to give back this weekend. CBS4 is joining The Salvation Army before Sunday’s game to collect new, unwrapped toys, clothing, and shoes for children in the Angel Tree program. Angel Tree is a Salvation Army program that helps struggling families provide Christmas gifts for their children. Both wants (like toys and games) and needs (like shoes and winter coats) are donated by individuals who “adopt” Angels enrolled in the program, but extra items are always needed for Angels who go unadopted. All your favorite CBS4 on-air personalities, including Debby Knox and Chris Wright, will be outside Lucas Oil Stadium from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. collecting donations. If fans don’t have items to give, CBS4 staff and Salvation Army volunteers will also have blue buckets on hand for cash donations.
We’re challenging Pacers and Colts fans to give back in a meaningful way this Christmas. It’s said that everything is bigger in Texas, but this weekend we’re aiming to show visiting fans from Houston that when it comes to hearts, Hoosiers have everyone beat.