Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, the Colts bring Thanksgiving to 2,000 families

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two thousand people flocked to Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday morning, and it wasn’t for a Colts game. Instead, the franchise helped make sure Indianapolis families who might otherwise not have the funds for a full Thanksgiving meal, got a turkey and all the trimmings.

It’s the fifth year that the Indianapolis Colts and US Foods teamed up with Lucas Oil Products, Meijer and Citizens Energy group to host the “Horseshoe Helpings: From Our Home to Yours” event.

Each family received a turkey, pumpkin pie, 5 lb. bag of potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing, and all the trimmings. More than 100 volunteers assembled and distributed the bags in a drive-thru style so that the families could stay in their cars and move through quickly.

“Giving back to the community where we live and work is important to us and we’re thrilled to partner with the Colts to help ensure families throughout Indianapolis have a happy Thanksgiving,” said Jim Moody, Area President of US Foods.

The two-thousand families were pre-selected through local community centers, churches and schools. An additional 10 churches were chosen to pick up food in bulk to distribute 50 more meals each  to the elderly and in-need families that were unable to pick it up on distribution day.

“It’s really a fun way designed to help volunteers connect with the community and give those families a very special opportunity to get a Thanksgiving meal and make sure they have something for their family this holiday,” said Stephanie Pemberton from Colts Marketing.

The team assembled early Tuesday morning. US Foods brought and staged more than 43,000 pounds of food to the southern parking lot of Lucas Oil Stadium and prepared it for the hundred-plus volunteers to make the bags.

Colts alumni and the Colts cheerleaders were on hand to help bring some extra smiles to the families as they picked up their meals.