It was a Teddy Bear Picnic for St. Catharines Hospital’s children’s unit

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Published December 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Recent visitors to the Niagara Health’s St. Catharines Site Children’s Unit didn’t come empty-handed.

In fact, when Niagara IceDogs players Cameron Butler and Cameron Peters, Niagara Regional Police Deputy Chief Brett Flynn and Tarryn Anderson from Victim Services Niagara visited the unit recently, they came with 125 teddy bears for the Children’s Unit.

The health unit said in a release, “This has been a long-standing tradition at Niagara Health, with IceDogs players and members of the Niagara Police paying a visit and delivering teddy bears to the hospital’s youngest patients to spread some cheer over the holiday season.”

The teddy bears are donated by fans at the Niagara Ice Dog’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

After the teddy bears were delivered, Niagara Health staff will bring one to each of the young patients and show them a video message from IceDogs players on an iPad.

The health unit said, “Although the visit looked a bit different this year (due to pandemic protocols), the generosity and support of the Niagara IceDogs, Niagara Regional Police Service, Victim Services Niagara and members of the community always leave a lasting impression on Niagara Health patients and their families in their time of need.”

(Below: Niagara IceDogs players Cameron Butler and Cameron Peters, Niagara Regional Police Deputy Chief Brett Flynn and Tarryn Anderson from Victim Services Niagara, all in the background, deliver the teddy bears.)

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