Colts to host military appreciation drive

Cash donations for WISH for OUR HEROES program to be accepted two hours prior to Sunday's Colts-Patriots kickoff.

Before the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots kick off their anticipated Sunday night showdown at Lucas Oil Stadium, fans are encouraged to make a cash donation to the WISH for OUR HEROES program.

All proceeds will go toward assisting local Hoosier military families struggling with the basic essentials of food, shelter, transportation and child needs.

Colts Community Collection Stations, presented by Toyota, will be located outside each Lucas Oil Stadium gate. Volunteers will be collecting donations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fans wanting to make a contribution but who are not attending the game can donate $10 by texting the word “America” to 20222.

WISH for OUR HEROES is a national 501(c)(3), dedicated to assisting men and women of the U.S. military. WISH for OUR HEROES provides resources to military families, focusing on basic needs. Originally founded in Noblesville, Ind., in 2009, with the goal of granting one wish for every deserving member of the U.S. Military, WISH for OUR HEROES has grown to become a national charity, granting wishes in 48 out of 50 states.

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The Colts Gameday Collections program will continue throughout the 2014 season with a different charitable collection prior to each home game. Upcoming collections include the Meijer SACKing Hunger, Damar Services Sporting Equipment Collection and the Wish TV Toy Drive. A complete list of future collections is available at

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