ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- "Wow, I can't believe this is happening right now and I was so excited for my child to finally see a smile on his face."
Five year old Noah Woodyatt, he'd rather be outside sledding than laying in a hospital bed. The Rockford IceHogs helped brighten Noah's day.
"It's been absolutely amazing because its been a really rough day going from one hospital to the next.
Amber said she hasn't seen that big of a smile on her son's face in a while, and that grin got even wider, when several IceHogs players handed Noah the biggest teddy bear he's ever had.
"To put a smile on Noah's face and his parents face made his day special and made us realize how fortunate we are to be in our position."
"To hand out teddy bears to children really puts things into perspective."
The bears were donated during the IceHogs Annual Teddy Bear Toss which took place on December 7th against Charlotte as fans tossed the stuffed bears onto the ice. Jared Nightingale whose no rookie to volunteering says the holidays are just an extra reminder of those less fortunate.
"It took a weight off my shoulders knowing that there are people out there that take their time and spend it with children in the hospital"
Amber says now Noah, along with all the other children, can go to sleep tonight a little comfier, cuddled next to their new soft teddy bear.