Blazer bears arrive stuffed with emotion for recipients
It is a joyous occasion when Kamloops Blazer fans celebrate their first goal of the season by tossing teddy bears onto the ice at Interior Savings Centre.
While emotions run high at that moment, those who later receive the Blazer teddy bears experience a wide range of emotions, from youngsters to the very old.
I had the privilege of attending the Pine Grove Care Centre’s Christmas party, at which “Elvis” performed.
As he sang, he knelt in front of a wheelchair-bound lady and tucked a teddy bear into her arms.
Having sat listless before, her eyes widened with joy and a smile spread across her face.
She clutched the teddy bear throughout the concert.
Other emotions people displayed when receiving Blazer bears were amusement, laughter and surprise.
This would not have been possible without the generosity of the thousands of Kamloops Blazer fans and the Blazer Booster Club co-ordinators.
Pine Grove residents are meant to receive the teddy bears but, truly, when relatives, friends and staff witness the happy expressions on the faces of their loved ones, the Blazer teddy bears become a gift of happiness for everyone.
I still smile when I see them in my husband’s room, keeping an eye on him.
It takes a lot of time, thought and money when choosing the teddy bears.
We want everyone to know the generosity is truly appreciated.
All the best in the new year.
on behalf of
Pine Grove Lodge Society staff, residents and families