Teddy bears and stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes have taken over the New York Sash Idea and Design Center this week.
Over 4,000 in fact, a result of the 14th Annual New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss that took place Saturday, December 1st during the Utica College Men’s Ice Hockey game versus Chatham University. This area favorite holiday toy drive event is a partnership between New York Sash and Utica College to raise toys for local children in need. When Utica College sophomore Jamie Bucell scored the first goal of the game in the 2nd period, the sold out crowd threw donated stuffed animals onto the ice for collection by New York Sash employees, family and friends.
The teddy bears were taken to New York Sash where they have been sorted, organized and put on display for a short period of time. On Monday, December 10th, the stuffed animals will be bagged and sent off to a variety of local toy drives, schools, organizations and agencies.
New York Sash has been a long-time sponsor of the Utica College Hockey Team and with that, the organizer of the New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss since its inception. This year’s collection will put the 14 year Teddy Bear Toss total at over 40,000 bears collected!