4,000 teddy bears col­lected

More than 4,000 stuffed an­i­mals col­lected for lo­cal chil­dren

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page -

Teddy bears and stuffed an­i­mals of all shapes and sizes have taken over the New York Sash Idea and De­sign Cen­ter this week. More than 4,000 in fact, a re­sult of the 14th an­nual New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss that took place Satur­day, Dec. 1, 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 sec­ond 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, Dec. 10, the stuffed an­i­mals will be bagged and sent off to a va­ri­ety of lo­cal toy drives, schools, or­ga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies.

New York Sash, a lo­cal fam­ily- owned and op­er­ated home im­prove­ment com­pany, has been a long­time 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 col­lec- tion will put the 14 year Teddy Bear Toss to­tal at more than 40,000 bears col­lected. New York Sash owner Scot Hayes is proud to lead up this event.

“It’s re­ally im­pres­sive, the sup­port of our com­mu­nity,” said Hayes. “My fam­ily and I are so grate­ful to be able to make this event hap­pen year af­ter year. Not only is it a fun hol­i­day event but it’s a great way to give back to those in need.”

The pub­lic is in­vited to come check out the dis­play of stuffed an­i­mals this week at the New York Sash Idea and De­sign Cen­ter, 349 Oriskany Blvd., in Whitesboro, open week­days 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Satur­day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teddy bear dona­tions are also be­ing ac­cepted through Satur­day.

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More than 4,000in fact, a re­sult of the 14th an­nual New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss that took place Satur­day, Dec. 1, dur­ing the Utica Col­lege Men’s Ice Hockey game ver­sus Chatham Univer­sity. The pub­lic is in­vited to view the bear dis­play this week be­fore the stuffed toys are dis­trib­uted to lo­cal toy drives, schools, or­ga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies.

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