The Western Hockey League has launched the inaugural “T’s for Toys” campaign to raise funds for local charities this holiday season! Presented locally by The Spokesman-Review.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chiefs’ annual Teddy Bear Toss will not take place this year. From Nina Culver at The Spokesman:
Usually, thousands of bears, from small to life-sized, rain down from the stands after the Chiefs score their first goal. Last year, a record 8,604 bears hit the ice. The bears are then picked up, loaded into trucks and delivered to the Christmas Bureau. The Bureau is a joint effort with Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington, Volunteers of America and The Spokesman-Review. It hands out food, toys and books to families in need every Christmas.
Each WHL team will sell “T is for Toys” T-shirts featuring their mascot in an effort to raise money for local charities in each community. Spokane’s shirt features the world’s greatest dancing bear, Boomer the Bear, and will be sold for $20 (CAD).
From each shirt sold, $7 (CAD) will go to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau, helping supply toys and books for families this holiday season. Shirts are available in both adult and youth options.
Click here to order adult sizes
Click here for youth sizes.
To learn more about the league-wide initiative and see the shirts from all 22 member clubs, visit whl.ca/tsfortoys.
If you’d like to learn more about The Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau or donate directly, visit spokesman.com/sections/christmas-fund/.
PLEASE NOTE: All shirts are produced and shipped from Canada, which results in increased shipping costs. All prices (including shipping) are listed in Canadian dollars (for example, as of Nov. 19, the one “$20” shirt costs $15.29 USD).