ROANOKE Va. (WFXR) — Teddy bears and stuffed animals thrown onto the ice at the Rail Yard Dawgs game now have a home. Fans were encouraged to bring them to the game on Saturday, Dec. 10 during their annual “Teddy Bear Toss Night”.

The Dawgs dropped off bears at several locations, including CHIP and the Carilion Children’s Hospital. Both organizations were very grateful and excited about a visit from the Rail Yard Dawgs.

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, Hockey Player, Chris Vella told WFXR, “It’s really cool. We have so much support for our team and we just like to give back and help in any way we can.”

CHIP serves more than 300 families, including pregnant women and children 0 to 5 years old, and their older siblings under the federal poverty line.

COO for CHIP, Autumn Lavering said, “There’s a pretty substantial need as you can imagine, for many families across the area. Not only does it provide some instant holiday cheer but it’s something that kiddos look forward to all year long.”

This year, the Rail Yard Dawgs have collected about 1,800 stuffed animals. More than 200 went to CHIP.

If you couldn’t make it to the last game and were planning to donate, you can still drop stuffed animals off at the next one. The next game is Friday, December 23rd at the Berglund Center.