Chiefs To Host Toy Drive At Next Home Game

December 2, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Johnstown Chiefs News Release

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The Johnstown Chiefs, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets, and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters and Syracuse Crunch, announced today that they will be hosting a toy drive on Wednesday, December 10 to benefit "Cuddles for Kids".

"Cuddles for Kids" is a stuffed animal and book donation program that was started by Westmont Middle School student Conner Hagins. Conner's program has become so successful that he is scheduled to appear on The Today Show to talk about "Cuddles for Kids."

"As an important member of the Johnstown community, the Chiefs want to do everything we can to help make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate," said Vice President and General Manager Bill Bredin.

"We're very impressed by Conner's hard work and dedication to this great program, and it is exciting to work with him to try to make this year's 'Cuddles for Kids' drive the best one yet," Bredin added.

The Chiefs are asking that all fans in attendance at the Wednesday, December 10 game against the Elmira Jackals bring a new stuffed animal or a children's book to the game. There will be "Cuddles for Kids" donation bins set up in the War Memorial lobby where the donations can be dropped off. "Cuddles for Kids" benefits: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, The Learning Lamp, Women's Help Center, Children and Youth Services, Cambria County Child Development Corporation, ARCP, The Children's Home, and many more.

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