Royals fans toss 2,344 bears for charities, hospitals

READING, Pa. - With a week to go until Christmas, the Reading Royals and their fans are spreading holiday cheer to hundreds of children in Berks County.

The Royals took to the road Monday afternoon, visiting young patients at Reading Hospital, where they delivered some of the 2,344 teddy bears that their fans tossed onto the ice inside the Santander Arena on Saturday night.

Those fans, with bears in hand, had to wait through two Royals-scoreless periods during the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night before Bucks County native Adam Schmidt put his team on the board for the first time halfway through the third period.

Then, the bears flew, delaying the game for about 15 minutes while players and staff cleared the ice of the stuffed toy donations.

In addition to Reading Hospital, the bears will be handed out to children served by more than a dozen other hospitals and charities.

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