Super Bowl XLVI Basket of Hope: A Huge Success

Baskets of Hope

As you may have read in our previous post, the Indianapolis XLVI Super Bowl Planning Committee chose Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' Basket of Hope as their Super Bowl charity of choice. We asked you to volunteer and show your support, and the event was a success!

The Basket of Hope project assembles and then delivers baskets of toys, games, and crafts to sick children in every NFL city hospital. St. John members, school parents, and Little Wings staff joined forces with other volunteers to help make these baskets and put 7,000 smiles on the faces of children and their parents around the country. 

"What a privilege to be a part of something where so many people were eager to volunteer for the sake of reflecting the hope of Jesus into the lives of people so challenged," said Pastor Phil after volunteering. "With shared effort a little dream became an offer of massive hope."

While volunteering, Debbie Keele and Lori Forgey were excited to receive autographs from Colts linebacker Gary Brackett. Then, Gary Brackett gave his personal Super Bowl tickets to Evan Meade. Evan received a Basket of Hope from Gary while a leukemia patient at Riley Hospital for Children. 

Thank you to everyone for participating in this meaningful and hope-filled event. We aren't the only ones who are celebrating its success. The Indianapolis Star, WTHR and Fox 59 all shared the story. Click on their links to read more details and see more photos.