Rapid City Rush delivers joy to kids at Monument Health
RAPID CITY, S.D.– The Rapid City Rush got off the ice Wednesday to deliver some holiday cheer to young patients at Monument Health. Players and staff from the hockey team brought all those stuffed animals thrown on the ice during the Teddy Bear Toss a couple of weekends ago.
The delivery, originally scheduled for last week, was delayed due to the weather.
Rush players tell us that being a part of this delivery to the kids is a very rewarding experience.
“It’s always a really, really cool game for us. It’s obviously a lot different than anything else we play and then just having the ability to kind of do what we’re doing now and give back to the community and delivering some of these bears,” Rapid City Rush Player Calder Brooks said.
Nurses at Monument Health say getting to meet the hockey players and receiving a new toy brightens the day of their youngest patients.
“It just can really brighten somebody’s spirit, especially this time of year. And even the parents, you know, when they’re stuck here with their kids, it’s the last place they want to be. So having them come and just brighten their day and bring their spirits up with their stuffed animals is awesome,” Monument Health Clinical Resource Nurse Shelly Knudsen said.
An estimated 2,800 stuffed animals were collected at the Teddy Bear Toss. Toys were also donated to Rural American Initiatives, the Seventh Circuit CASA Program, and families at Ellsworth Air Force Base.