Hershey, Pennsylvania is known as the land of chocolate thanks to the chocolate company's founder, Milton S. Hershey. However, Sunday, the small town added a new accolade to its name after a hockey game broke records.
It was not the game itself that broke records, but rather an annual tradition called the Teddy Bear Toss.
The Teddy Bear Toss is a tradition amongst minor league hockey teams where fans bring stuffed animals to a set game.
After the home team scores their first goal, the fans throw their cuddly toys onto the ice.
The teddy bears and other plush creatures are then donated to charities like the American Cancer Association and Children's Miracle Network.
Sunday's game between the Hershey Bears and the Binghamton Devils set a world record with 34,798 bears of the fluffy variety being donated.
WE HAVE A NEW WORLD RECORD! 34,798 teddy bears! THANK YOU! #TeddyBearTossHershey #HBH #DefendTheDen https://t.co/Gvk8msCS7K— Hershey Bears (@Hershey Bears)1543797304.0
ABC 27 News co-anchor, Ali Lanyon, caught some epic bear-tossing footage.
This. Is. Amazing. @TheHersheyBears annual #TeddyBearToss will give you all the holiday feels! Stuffed animals go t… https://t.co/XRQbTy4o59— Ali Lanyon (@Ali Lanyon)1543789679.0
The hockey team and their hometown have since tweeted numerous images showing off the game's incredible feat.
🧸🧸🧸🧸 #TeddyBearTossHershey #BearsCares https://t.co/wkhBgx2uBR— Hershey Bears (@Hershey Bears)1543860556.0
.@TheHersheyBears set new world record at 2018 #TeddyBearTossHershey: https://t.co/7XarUXxbPd #BearsCares… https://t.co/0OJGSOVXTu— Hershey PA (@Hershey PA)1543872302.0
People from all over are amazed by the fans' generosity.
@TheHersheyBears You must have a fantastic fan base! Nice!!— Alice Salmon (@Alice Salmon)1543798097.0
@TheHersheyBears https://t.co/7kZ3FSKKqT— David Sager (@David Sager)1543799798.0
@TheHersheyBears @GeisserTobias @Aaron_Ness @Jayson_Megna @bpins_26 @gpilon41 @malenstyn @stevewhit21 🐻 fans = best fans— Andizzle (@Andizzle)1543860721.0
@TheHersheyBears @Capitals I remember when I still lived in Pennsylvania Hershey was ranked as one of the best plac… https://t.co/Bk9D7Ms67e— Tom Angstadt (@Tom Angstadt)1543850632.0
@TheHersheyBears Proud to have been a part of this!!— Bill Miller (@Bill Miller)1543797541.0
@AliLanyon @TheHersheyBears @espn @NHL @HersheyPA @__deeeeannn reasons to love ice hockey— Belle (@Belle)1544093851.0
@TheHersheyBears FANTASTIC! Congrats @TheHersheyBears - #StuffedAnimals #TeddyBearTossHershey #TeddyBearToss— Sisterhood of the Muse (@Sisterhood of the Muse)1543847566.0
@AliLanyon @whitewinery @TheHersheyBears @espn @NHL @HersheyPA This is what it's all about.— R.W. Schroeder (@R.W. Schroeder)1543980448.0
@AliLanyon @TheHersheyBears @espn @NHL @HersheyPA Awww this is Christmas magic! https://t.co/10ygyR05hk— shakuntala (@shakuntala)1543891613.0
@AliLanyon @TheHersheyBears @espn @NHL @HersheyPA It really is SO COOL!!!— You’re A Rascal!🦊🐱 (@You’re A Rascal!🦊🐱)1544052884.0
What an amazing way to celebrate the season of giving during a favorite pastime!