Kodiak moment: Steven Konechny introduces a new (rather fuzzy) linemate for the teddy bear toss Dec. 10.
Steelers to spread cheer with Christmas charitable effort
BURNABY WINTER CLUB – Every youngster deserves a present at the most wonderful time of the year. The Steelers and their fans will make their own local contribution with the 13th annual teddy bear toss Dec. 10.
“It’s good to make sure that every single young kid out there gets a toy,” said Aldo Bruno, Grandview’s general manager and head coach.
He also mentioned that the Steelers have a family culture. Families should help other families, especially at Christmas, Bruno added.
On Dec. 10, the Steelers will host the Port Moody Panthers at the Burnaby Winter Club at 7:15 p.m. After the Steelers score their first goal, fans will throw teddy bears and other stuffed animals onto the ice.
Then, the Steelers will carefully collect the numerous Poohs and Paddingtons and hand over the collection of gifts to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau – a program of Burnaby Community Services.
In turn, the bureau will distribute the gifts to low-income families that have children 16 years old and younger.
“It’s great to have stuffies!” exclaimed Jennifer Ng, the Resource Development Coordinator at Burnaby Community Services. She was grateful to the Steelers for their longtime support.
Last year, in 2022, Ng said that the Burnaby Christmas Bureau collected 1,400 stuffed animals and assisted a total of 666 families with 1,420 children.
Ng also pointed out that if you cannot attend the game Dec. 10, you can still help:
1. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the Christmas Bureau, Brentwood Mall.
2. Make a financial contribution on the Burnaby Community Services website: https://www.bbyservices.ca/