Christmas may be over, but there’s still need for more donations of stuffed animals. The San Diego Gulls just held their annual Teddy Bear Toss to quite the success.
Fans of the team threw more than 16 000 stuffed animals onto the ice, FOX 5 San Diego reported. This is just the third annual Teddy Bear Toss for the Gulls. They have already picked up nearly 48 000 stuffed animals thanks to the fans.
The newly collected plushies will go to the Rady Children’s Hospital. All of the toys were new and wrapped. Some fans brought several with them. Others bought stuffed animals at the game.
“I think the experience of raining teddy bears, it’s fun to be on the ice seeing everyone toss, trying to get the big bear over the glass,” said Gulls defenseman Keaton Thompson. “It’s pretty fun.”
The game was a few days ago. The toys are already making their way to the hospital.
All the bears donated head to the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. With the help of Gulls players, the bears arrive at the hospital and are given to kids like Anna Uhler. “It’s really cool because they took their time of their day just to come out here and give us a teddy bear so that was really nice,” said Uhler.
All of the newly collected stuffies will be given to sick and injured kids at the hospital throughout the year. So, it’s easy to see how such a small gesture can mean to world to a child.