The faux fur will fly on Saturday, December 12, when the Syracuse Crunch host the Toronto Marlies at the War Memorial Arena. The Syracuse Crunch and Stanley Steemer of Syracuse are hosting the 5’th annual Tired Teddy Bear Toss, where the fans are invited to throw new and gently used stuffed animals and teddy bears on to the ice when the Crunch score their first goal.
All manner of stuffed toys are welcome, from beanie babies to Elmos, and of course any variety of Teddy Bears are welcomed. Last year there was even a four foot tall “Radioactive Homer Simpson” making his way through the air to the ice, to the delight of all in attendance.
Fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used plush toys to either the Crunch office or to the Stanley Steemer building on Commerce Blvd. just off Carrier Circle from now until game day, December 12.
The collected bears will be laid out on seats in the arena in preparation for the first Crunch goal of the evening – just in case the occupant of that seat came empty handed – and then it rains teddy bears…
The toys will be collected from the ice by teen volunteers from the Salvation Army, along with help from the teams, Crunch management and the Stanley Steemer staff. They are then whisked off to be cleaned and refurbished to like new condition. The reconditioned toys will be donated to the Salvation Army for distribution at their Christmas Bureau, held at the OnCenter, just in time to make for a very happy Christmas for thousands of local children.
Stanley Steemer of Syracuse President Jeff Trisciani says it will take a full week of work by several employees to clean, deodorize and refurbish all of the donated toys to “like new” condition, but it is absolutely worth the effort.
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