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Hitmen Expand 2020 Teddy Bear Collection

November 27, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release


Calgary, AB - The countdown is on to the Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Collection. The three-day safe, socially distanced curbside drop off happens December 4-6 and now includes a pickup option and additional drop off locations.

'Teddy Bear Lane' will permit socially distanced vehicles to proceed to the Fifth Street SE traffic loop entrance of Scotiabank Saddledome. At the top of the holiday decorated loop occupants, from the cozy confines of their vehicle, will be permitted to gift their bears to one of Santa's elves to toss into an inflatable outdoor rink.

In an effort to optimize fan experience and manage traffic flow, fans are encouraged to visit the Teddy Bear Lane Booking Form to select a time slot to drop off their bears. This request will help ensure the Teddy Bear Collection process is as quick and enjoyable as possible.

'Teddy Bear Lane' will include a Christmas lights display, video screen, decorated trees and even a visit from Santa along with holiday displays from Siksika Nation, Flames Sports Bank, Calgary Zoo and other community partners.

For fans who cannot attend in person, there is a trio of other options to support this great cause which sees current demand for over 18,000 small or medium sized bears.

* Purchase a Calgary Zoo panda bear online starting at $15 plus fees and GST. The Hitmen will donate those stuffed animals on your behalf with net proceeds to benefit the Calgary Zoo and Calgary Hitmen Foundations. Teddy bears can also be dropped off at the zoo. * Drop your bear off at any Calgary area Toys"R"Us location. * Schedule a December 5th or 6th bear pickup service from your home thanks to KidSport Calgary at Teddy Bear Pick Up Form.

More than 40 charitable organizations will receive the stuffed toys including; The Salvation Army, Calgary Food Bank, Alberta Children's Hospital, Cerebral Palsy Alberta, Cochrane and area Event Society, Wood's Homes, Horizon Housing Society and Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all bears collected will go through a rigorous screening and then quarantine before ultimately being gifted to the agencies on Thursday, Dec. 10. Any additional charities interested in receiving bears from this year's collection can join the list on or before Dec. 2 at Teddy Bear Request Form.

Teddy Bear Collection Schedule

Sneak Peak Friday, December 4 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Teddy Bear Lane Light Show)

Saturday, December 5 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Regular drop off hours) 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Teddy Bear Lane Light Show)

Sunday, December 6 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Regular drop off hours) 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Teddy Bear Lane Light Show)

*Note: Event will be reflective of the current COVID guidelines.


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