ROANOKE Va. (WFXR) — The teddy bears and stuffed animals thrown on the ice at the Rail Yard Dawgs game are now home. Fans were encouraged to bring them to the game on Saturday, December 10th at the annual “Teddy Bear Toss Night.”
Dawgs have unloaded bears at several locations, including CHIP and Carilion Children’s Hospital. Both organizations were very appreciative and excited about the Rail Yard Dawgs visit.
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, hockey player Chris Vella told WFXR: Our team has a lot of support and we want to give back as much as we can. ”
CHIP serves over 300 families, including pregnant women and children ages 0-5, and older siblings below the federal poverty line.
CHIP COO Autumn Lavering said: Not only does it instantly get you in the holiday spirit, it’s an event that kids look forward to all year long. ”
This year, Rail Yard Dawgs collected nearly 1,800 stuffed animals. Over 200 people went to CHIP.
If you missed the last game and were planning on donating, you can still drop off your stuffed animal at the next game.