Books for Youth Program


Dozens of local children received a special gift from the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday through the Books for Youth program.

Sony DADC in Terre Haute hosted the event.

About 45 foster children from the Vigo County area received backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books.

They also got to meet the Colts cheerleaders and mascot Blue.

Cargo Services is the title sponsor of the statewide program. They say the books open a world of opportunity.

“A lot of times when these kids are taken out of the home, they have nothing to call their own. So, these books are like ownership. It’s a backpack that’s theirs and nobody can take it away from them,” says Steve Fugate, CFO and Co-Owner of Cargo Services.

The program is coordinated by the Colts and the Department of Child Services.

Now in its eleventh year, the Books for Youth program has distributed more than 8,500 backpacks to foster children in Indiana.

“We know that the one marker to success is the ability to read and continue to read,” says Stacy Lozer with Indiana DCS, “but our goal is for the kids to come out and have fun.”

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