Teddy Bear Toss a hit at Steelheads game

BY KELLY ROCHE

Hundreds of stuffed animals will delight less fortunate children in Peel just in time for Christmas.
The Mississauga Steelheads held their annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Hershey Centre Sunday, where the junior hockey stars were facing off against the Barrie Colts.
“This is an exciting and fun event that has created a lot of buzz throughout the CHL over its inception in the early ’90s,” said Scott Morash, general manager of Canadian Tire’s Meadowvale Town Centre store.
The retail giant is the main sponsor for the event, however, “each team decides how – and who – benefits from these donations,” said Morash.
Funds raised have previously gone to Sleeping Children around the World, a charity founded by Murray and Margaret Dryden, parents of NHL players Ken and Dave Dryden.
“This year, as well as last, we will be selling the bears, with the profits being donated to Jumpstart,” said Morash.

Jumpstart helps kids from low-income families play sports and be active. To date, more than $15,000 has been donated to SCAW and Jumpstart, with at least 9,500 bears distributed in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. The Boys and Girls Club of Peel will be receiving the stuffed animals, and the Steelheads defeated the Colts 6-3, making it a win-win for all.

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