KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Blazers hosted their annual Food Bank and Teddy Bear Toss nights over the weekend.
The ice was overwhelmed with stuffed toys during Saturday's game against the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Blazers scored their first goal of the game, in the first period and fans jumped to their feet throwing thousands of teddy bears and hundreds of winter clothing items over the glass onto the ice.
"It was outstanding, with us collecting over 2,200 teddy bears and just shy of 700 winter items, scarves, toques, mittens, very positive from the night. Unfortunately, we weren't able to win, but with those types of games and events that we host, there's always a positive feeling that's brought out through the community." said Dave Chyzowski, the Kamloops Blazers Director of Sales and Marketing.
Everything donated from the weekend will be donated to local charities and agencies. In the new year, Blazer players will distribute the teddy bears to patients at Royal Inland Hospital
"The facial expressions and the impact we have on those people who are unfortunate at that time to be in the hospital, it brings a cheer to their face, a smile to their face, from young to old, kids, adults, seniors that are in there. It sure makes you feel good about what we have, and makes you appreciate what we have," said Chyzowski.
The Blazers also hosted their Food Bank Drive during Friday night's game again the Portland Winterhawks. 2,500 pounds of food and $1,400 dollars was collected and will all go to help stock the shelves at the Kamloops Food Bank, and feed families in need.
The Kamloops Blazers are now on a Eastern road trip, but they return to home ice Sunday December 27, 2015 to face the Kelowna Rockets.
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