Northern Strikers hope to spread holiday cheer


The Northern Strikers are hoping to spread some holiday cheer to a needy family.

The team has partnered with Bell Media, Fort St. John Women in Business, Soul Space Community and the Women's Resource Society to Adopt a Family.

The team has bought gifts ranging from new clothes to childrens' toys, which will be given to a family in Fort St. John. Players say they want to give back to their community.

"It's just important that everybody has a good time around Christmas time because it's supposed to be happy," said Brittan Nesse, a striker with the team.

"Everyone deserves a present at Christmas," added Tannis Stribchuk, defender.

Club officials say that to families benefitted by the fundraiser, the gifts make a world of difference.

"It means a lot," said Amy Titley, the media coordinator with the Fort St. John Soccer Club. "Let me put it this way, for many years I was a single mom with three boys before my husband and I got together, so these things that people pick up and put into their grocery carts and think 'oh, you know, I'm grabbing a 10 dollar toy or something,' have no idea what that means to that mom who's going to receive these and how much easier it's going to make things and they get to have Christmas as well."

Titley says the fundraiser is the club's way of thanking the public for their support throughout the year.