Hockey fans in Pennsylvania stepped up to deliver a massive amount of cuteness to children in need.
Pelting the Ice With Pelts
Fans of the Hershey Bears pelted the ice rink with more than 45,000 stuffed bears, dogs, cats, turtles, penguins and more as part of an annual charity event.
One of the toys was an enormous sloth that had to be walked down the stadium steps by several people.
A Bear Bonanza
The Teddy Bear Toss is an annual, longstanding tradition among professional hockey teams. On a certain date, fans wait for their team to score its first goal. As soon as the team scores, fans throw stuffed animals onto the ice. The team later gives the toys to a local children’s charity.
It’s always a big event, but this year, the Hershey Bears’ fans went out of their way to deliver for the children. It took 40 minutes to clear all 45,650 toys out of the rink, and a team spokesman told a local paper that it was their biggest haul ever.
In fact, the Bears’ haul could well be a record-setting number for all teams that held a Teddy Bear Toss.
Children at 40 different charities will get a little more joy this Christmas, thanks to some tough guys on the ice and their warmhearted fans.
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