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Originally published: 2013-12-25 20:37:30
Last modified: 2013-12-25 20:38:15

More than 300 stuffed animals collected at inaugural Teddy Bear Toss

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Avery County Schools is getting creative with the spirit of giving this Christmas. At halftime during the Ashe County versus Avery basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 17, game-goers threw new stuffed animals onto the court. The stuffed animals were collected to be given to kids in need this Christmas. “I got the idea from seeing a video clip on Facebook a few weeks ago,” ACHS Principal Monet Samuelson said. “The Western Hockey League in Canada started the tradition. They collect thousands of stuffed animals at their games. I thought it would be something fun to try here in Avery at one of our local sporting events.

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