Thousands of teddy bears and stuffed toys of every description from bats to Homer Simpson to flying pigs flew on to the ice at the Oncenter last Friday in a joyous celebration of both a Syracuse Crunch goal and the generosity of the Central New York hockey fans.
Now that the noise, cheering and excitement has passed, these toys begin their new lives with a visit to Stanley Steemer of Syracuse to be cleaned, disinfected, freshened, dried and prepared for their next lives in the hands of local children.
Their trip begins with being loaded into the Stanley Steemer Emergency Response vehicle for their trip to the Comme rce Ave building for a systematic process of refurbishment. The men who do the work obviously love the task, sometimes talking to the toys, joking and having a good natured laugh about some of the more “unique” toys.
Three of the men are set up to wash and vacuum the bears with special tools connected by long hoses to the trucks outside – the same tools that do such an extraordinary job on carpets all around Central New York – but this time these big, tough men are gently and happily using the tools for a more fun task.
After the toys are thoroughly washed, vacuumed and inspected, they make it to the disinfectant sprayer to make sure that they will be OK for even the littlest of us to enjoy.
After the mountain of toys are done, they are dried and will be transported to the care of the Salvation Army, where they will be distributed to families at the Oncenter in Downtown Syracuse next Monday the 22’nd.
Stanley Steemer with the cooperation and support of the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club and the Salvation Army annually sponsor the Teddy Bear Toss. It is one way they thank the Central New York Community for its support and generosity to those less fortunate.
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, please call Stanley Steemer of Syracuse at (315) 455-7148 or the Salvation Army at (315) 475-9744
Photos courtesy Monroe Payne Photography
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Press release by Monroe Payne Photography