Colts bring early Christmas to Indianapolis students

The Colts helped hundreds of students get new shoes, shirts and hats.
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The Colts get a day off from football every Tuesday. For some players, it's a chance to rest up for the next game. Others get involved in the community by doing volunteer work.

This Tuesday, they played the role of Santa Claus for local students, letting Christmas time come early for students at College Park Elementary School.

"I've been trying on shoes," said one student.

More than 400 children in need got shoes, hats and shirts from Colts players, LIDS Sports Group and Genesco.

"It's the holidays. If we can bring Christmas early to some kids at a school, we definitely want to do it," said Colts defensive back Jerraud Powers.

Instead of hunting down quarterbacks, defensive end Cory Redding spent Tuesday hunting down shoe sizes.

"To be able to put some kids in shoes that fit, all intact, with warm socks in the wintertime, just in time for cold winter months, just to give back to the community, it's just a tremendous opportunity," said Redding.

"I remember growing up. Regardless when it was, you got a new pair of shoes, it made my day. No matter, to put new shoes on my feet, it made my day," said safety Antoine Bethea.

The players, like Sergio Brown, mingled and sized up the kids.

"Some new shoes. They've got blue laces in them," a boy said.

The Colts made sure every student that came through left with cool stuff and feeling good about themselves.

"As a kid, especially if you're coming from a tough background, you don't get new shoes a lot. Only on special occasions. Maybe on Christmas, maybe a birthday, as a kid, it definitely helps your self-esteem, especially if you haven't had new shoes in awhile," Powers said.

"This is cool. I want to thank whoever put this together," said another student.