Horseshoe Helpings: Colts players hand-deliver Thanksgiving meals

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 25, 2014) - The Indianapolis Colts and US Foods teamed up again this year to hand out full Thanksgiving meals to 2,000 Hoosier families as part of the annual “Horseshoe Helpings: From Our Home to Yours” event.

Each family pulled up to the drive-thru distribution line in the parking lot of Lucas Oil Stadium and received a bag full of food from Colts players and cheerleaders and other volunteers.

"The players actually distribute the food so they’re interacting with the people in their cars," said Stephanie Cassel with the Indianapolis Colts. "It's good to see the kiddos excitement around players and it’s good to be out giving and serving and it’s an exciting event."

Each bag had a turkey, pumpkin pie, a 5 pound bag of potatoes, corn, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. There were 43,000 pounds of food altogether.

The bags of food were assembled and distributed by volunteers. The families were pre-selected through local community centers, churches and schools. In addition, 10 local churches were selected to each receive 50 meals for the elderly and in-need families who were not able to attend the event.

During the regular season, Tuesday is the only day off for the players, so they use every Tuesday to volunteer in the community. This event is one of their favorites because they get to interact face-to-face with the families they're helping.

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