When Colts fans head to Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday to watch the Indianapolis Colts take on Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos, they’ll have plenty of excitement to look forward to. Before the game even starts, though, these fans will have a chance to be a part of another exciting event, the Colts Angel Tree Toy & Clothing Collection.

The Salvation Army and CBS4 are teaming up to collect new, unwrapped toys and children’s clothing before Sunday’s kickoff to support the new Angel Tree program taking place this Christmas in Indy. We’re asking Colts fans to drop off their donations from 2:30-4:30pm at any of the collection stations located on every side of the stadium. Debbie Knox will be on hand with her CBS4 crew to collect gifts and monetary donations to help the Angel Tree program get off to a great start.

Colts-Angel-Tree-aAngel Tree is a nation-wide Salvation Army Christmas assistance program that matches donors with children in need of a merrier Christmas. Shoppers at Castleton Square and Greenwood Park malls will have an opportunity to choose their own “Angels” from special Angel Trees on Saturdays and Sundays, starting on November 21. Once an Angel has been “adopted,” a shopper receives a large bag and heads off to hunt for wants (like toys or games) and needs (like jeans or shoes) for their Angel. Filled bags are returned to the Angel Tree station and stored by The Salvation Army until families collect their children’s gifts a week before Christmas.

The toy and clothing collection before the Colts-Broncos game will help to fill bags for any Angels who aren’t adopted during the November 21-Decmber 13 adoption period. Companies, organizations and groups also have an opportunity to adopt multiple angels as a community service project over the holidays. Visit our Angel Tree page to learn more about corporate adoptions, volunteer opportunities and the history of this great program.

We’ll see you on Sunday, Colts fans!