Vernon's Sheila Snow warms up with a blanket and hot drink as she waits in line for the Morning Star's annual Gund teddy bear contest Saturday morning.

Vernon's Sheila Snow warms up with a blanket and hot drink as she waits in line for the Morning Star's annual Gund teddy bear contest Saturday morning.

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Readers make a Christmas tradition of participating in the Morning Star’s annual Gund Teddy bear contest

Saskatchewan’s Gladys Moore certainly seems to be on Santa’s nice list.

Moore, who hails from the hamlet of Good Spirit Acres, Sask., travels to Armstrong every year to visit her daughter, Tracy Berryecloth, for the holidays. The two have made a Christmas tradition of participating in the Morning Star’s annual Gund Teddy bear contest.

In addition to receiving one of 50 limited edition stuffed teddies, Moore pocketed the $500 grand prize after having her number drawn in a raffle Saturday morning at The Star’s 25th Avenue building.

It is the second time she has won the grand prize in nine years. She first won it in 2009, and she used her winnings then to purchase some Team Canada apparel to celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

“This is really lucky,” said Moore, who showed up at 7:30 a.m. to collect bear No. 38. “This is wonderful.”

To qualify for a bear, and get their names in the draw, the first 50 customers first had to show proof of $300 of purchases from a list of participating local merchants.

Asked what she will do with her lucky Gund, Moore said it will join the growing collection at her daughter’s.

“I put them up on the mantle every Christmas, so now we’re going to have to get a bigger fireplace,” smiled Berryecloth.