Teddy bears fill the ice at the Berry Events Center during annual 'Teddy Bear Toss'

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Spectators at Saturday’s Northern Michigan University hockey game really put the bear in Berry Events Center. During the first intermission, those in attendance were invited to toss new or slightly used teddy bears, or any stuffed toys brought from home onto the ice.

The toys will be donated to the Mining Journal Cheer Club, who will then give the toys to the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul. Those toys will then find their way under the Christmas trees of families in need.

“It means everything to those kids that are going to open them up on Christmas morning, and I think Marquette is just a great place to do things like this,” said Sarah Kuehn, president of the NMU Student Athletic Advisory Committee. “The community, at least it feels to me, is so close knit and it's really great to give back to that kind of community, so anytime we can, it's special.”

In total, 468 teddy bears were collected.

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