Utica, N.Y. — For the previous 17 years, the New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss has been a family-favorite vacation occasion with the Utica College Pioneers Men’s Ice Hockey Team. This 12 months’s sold-out hockey sport and toy drive befell December 4 with an 8-0 win over King’s College Monarchs.
When the Utica Pioneers scored their first purpose, hundreds of teddy bears had been thrown down onto the ice. New York Sash employees, household, and pals collected the bears and stuffed a number of vans. From there per week’s price of labor ensued to get the bears prepared for distribution.
The course of begins at the New York Sash Showroom when a whole bunch of baggage are opened, and the stuffed animals are unfold out to dry from their time on the ice. Then, they’re meticulously sorted. “While most bears are new, we usually have to filter out a few hundred that aren’t in the best shape to be donated,” stated VP of Marketing Katie Reilly. “But thankfully, the quality has gotten better over the years.”
Finally, New York Sash begins counting and re-bagging. This 12 months the course of was helped together with volunteers from Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School and the Youth Group of St. Patrick’s – St. Anthony’s Parish in Chadwicks. Charities are then notified for pickup.
This 12 months, 3,745 stuffed animals had been donated to twenty totally different native teams, in accordance with New York Sash. The majority go to the charities that make up Operation Sunshine and Toys for Tots, and the relaxation are for native colleges, school rooms, church buildings, and kids’s causes, officers say. One factor is particular – all of them contribute to creating native kids smile.
“My family has grown up with this event, and what it means to our community is invaluable,” stated New York Sash Owner Scot Hayes. “It’s our most meaningful way to give back to this area and we look forward to it continuing for decades to come.”
New York Sash is a house enchancment firm based mostly in Whitesboro, centered on serving the Mohawk Valley with alternative window, siding, and tub merchandise. For data go to newyorksash.com.