Now and then, I am given the opportunity to help promote civic minded organizations who are doing their part to make Central New York a better place to live. Stanley Steemer of Syracuse and their President Jeff Triciani and the Syracuse Crunch organizations are two such organizations, working together to make a very merry Christmas for thousands of needy children by sponsoring their annual Teddy Bear Toss.
Press Release 12/9/2015
Donations of new and gently used furry friends have been pouring into the Syracuse Crunch and Stanley Steemer offices, and Crunch fans are collecting toys from everywhere! Some fans arrive with garbage bags full of outgrown and freshly found teddy bears, Beany Babies and other stuffed toys of every description to throw on to the ice when the Crunch score their first goal of the evening.
The Crunch staff will distribute the toys on the seats of the War Memorial Arena prior to the game, so that those who came empty handed can still join in the fun!
For those unfamiliar with the tradition, a teddy bear toss is a popular Christmas season promotion at many minor and junior hockey arenas throughout North America. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to the game, and to throw them onto the ice when the home team scores its first goal. The toys are then gathered up to be donated as Christmas presents to hospitals and charities.
After all the toys are collected from the ice, they are whisked away to the Stanley Steemer building for cleaning and refurbishing. They won’t be Tired Teddy Bears any more – they will be clean and like new, ready to be loved by thousands of children this Christmas.
The Salvation Army will continue their tradition by including them in this year’s Christmas Bureau, to be held at the OnCenter on December 23. Last year, over 2,500 families were the beneficiaries of the Syracuse community’s generous nature.
Stanley Steemer is locally owned and operated. Stanley Steemer is the first carpet cleaning service to be certified by the asthma and allergy foundation, by removing an average of 94% of common household allergens.
For more information or to donate, please call
Stanley Steemer of Syracuse, (315) 455-2080 or the
Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club, (315) 473-4444
Photos by Monroe Payne