The London Knights and The Salvation Army are teaming up again for the 16th Annual Teddy Bear Toss.
The Knights are taking on the Flint Firebirds at 2 p.m. in the Budweiser Gardens on Sunday. The ice is expected to be covered with thousands of teddy bears when the Knights score their first goal of the game.
“Last year we collected a total number of 9,678 teddy bears that were given to boys and girls throughout our community,” Ryan Starr, the Knights’ Public Relations and Communications Manager said in a statement. “Our goal for this game every year is to make the holiday season brighter for those in London who benefit from the incredible work done by The Salvation Army.”
The teddy bears will be collected and distributed through The Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper program. The organization prepares food and gifts for Londoners in need.
“This is the best thing we have ever built in this community,” Former London Mayor and this year’s Kettle Champion Anne Marie DeCicco-Best said. “What it has done (and) what it has rejuveniated in Londoners from an economic perspective or people just feeling proud about being a Londoner, it has been tremendous for our community.”
The Salvation Army is encouraging everyone to add hats and mitts to their bears again to help those in need stay warm during the cold winter months.
The organization kicked off their Kettle Campaign on November 25th. This year’s goal is to raise $500,000.