Dan O’Connor

Prince George, BC – The Prince George Cougars have teamed up with the Salvation Army and other local organizations to make it easy for fans to give this holiday season. The Annual Cougars Christmas Campaign kicks off with the Wood Wheaton “Stuff the Truck” Toy Drive Saturday, November 19 as the Cats host the Kelowna Rockets. Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped new toy or gift for children ages 0-17. The goal is to collect enough toys to fill the back of a Diamond White GMC SLT loaded pickup which will be displayed on the concourse that evening.

At each game between November 19 and December 17 fans are encouraged to bring items to the game to support various local organizations including Aboriginal Choice School, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Salvation Army.

“We encourage our fans tobring items to the game to help families in need over the holiday season,” said Cougars Vice President Brandi Brodsky. “We are so fortunate in so many ways and I believe that it’s important we try to share what we can to brighten the holiday for others.”

Christmas Campaign dates are listed below.

Cougars Community Christmas Campaign:

Saturday, November 19 vs Kelowna- Wood Wheaton “Stuff the Truck” Toy Drive; bring a new unwrapped toy or gift for kids from 0-17 years old and the Salvation Army will distribute the presents to children and families this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 22nd vs Kootenay-Active Support Against Poverty Sock; bring warm winter socks, scarves and toiletries and Active Support Against Poverty will distribute the donations to their clients.

Also on Tuesday, November 22nd vs Kootenay- Movember Shave-Off; since November 1, Cougars players and coaches have been growing their moustaches with the goal of raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Following the game on November 22, the players with the top two moustaches will have their moustaches shaved off during 99.3 the Drive’s post-game show, courtesy of Westend Barbers. Cash donation boxes will be set up at the game with all proceeds to support Movember Canada.

Tuesday, December 6th vs Portland- Gift of Hope Night; the Canadian Mental Health Association will be collecting new hats, mittens and gloves for their clients. They are in need of items for men, but welcome women’s items as well.

Wednesday, December 7th vs Portland- Coats for Kids; bring a gently used child’s coat or jacket and you will receive a coupon good for one free small popcorn courtesy of Eurest. Representatives from the Aboriginal Choice School will collect the coats for their students.

Friday, December 16th vs Vancouver-Yellowhead Rotary Food Drive; the Yellowhead Rotary Club of Prince George is gathering food for the Prince George Food Bank at the December 16th game vs Vancouver. Please bring non-perishable food items to support families in our community.

Saturday, December 17th vs Vancovuer– Teddy Bear Toque Toss; when the Cats’ score their first goal against the Vancouver Giants Cougars fans can toss their stuffed animals and toques on the ice. The bears and toques will benefit the RCMP Victim Services Unit, the Salvation Army and other organizations in need over the holiday season. A limited supply of new stuffed animals will be available for purchase by donation at the December 17th game. Funds raise will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George.

All donations will be collected in Section X.

The Cougars Christmas Campaign is proudly supported by our media sponsors – 101.3 The River, 99.3 The Drive and CKPG-TV.