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Family culture the theme for Grandview Steelers' Teddy Bear Toss game

The Burnaby junior hockey team's annual fundraiser donated stuffed animals to families in need over the holidays.

It's the one time of the season when Burnaby hockey fans can throw stuff onto the ice and not get kicked out of the arena.

Even better, the action is for a good cause and will undoubtedly bring joy to many families with young children this holiday season.

The Grandview Steelers are set to host their annual Teddy Bear Toss game on Sunday, Dec. 10.

When the junior 'A' club scores their first goal of the contest against the Port Moody Panthers, that'll signal fans to throw stuffed animals over the glass.

The items will be collected by the players and donated to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau, which will distribute the animals as gifts to local low-income families with kids aged 16 years and younger.

Aldo Bruno, Grandview head coach and general manager, said the Steelers' culture emulates like a family, believing that families should support other families.

"It's good to make sure that every single young kid out there gets a toy," he added in a release about the 13th Teddy Bear Toss initiative.

In 2022, the Burnaby Christmas Bureau collected 1,400 stuffed animals.

The organization, part of Burnaby Community Services, gave the toys to nearly 670 families and 1,420 children.

"It's great to have stuffies," said Jennifer Ng, spokesperson for Burnaby Community Services, noting she's grateful for Grandview's longtime support.

The Steelers' Teddy Bear Toss game will take place Dec. 10, 7:15 p.m. at Burnaby Winter Club — located at 4990 Canada Way.

Those that wish to contribute but can't attend the game can drop off new, unwrapped gifts to the Christmas Bureau's pop-p at The Amazing Brentwood (4567 Lougheed Hwy.).

As well, you can make a financial donation by visiting the Burnaby Community Services' website.