El Dorado Springs CTA will sponsor its first Cedar County Teddy Bear Toss Thursday, Dec. 14, during halftime of the girls’ high school basketball game at El Dorado Springs between Stockton and the Lady Bulldogs of El Dorado.

A junior varsity boys’ basketball game between the two schools starts at 6 p.m. and the girls’ varsity game will follow.

At halftime of the girls’ game, there will be a countdown ending with spectators throwing their stuffed animals onto the court simultaneously with both El Dorado Springs and Stockton cheerleaders collecting the stuffed animals.

Bags of stuffed animals will then be presented by cheerleaders to representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Family Services so they can be used to help children handle or overcome stressful and traumatic events.

The cost of admission for the basketball games is a new stuffed teddy bear.

Cedar Republican