Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Helps the Hungry and Hurricane Sandy Victims

By WBNG News

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Helps the Hungry and Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Canadian Pacific recently announced that the 2012 Holiday Train program will be riding the rails to raise money and awareness about hunger. Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised close to C$6.4 million and about 2.6 million pounds of food for North American food banks. With families continuing to turn to food banks, the need is always present. 

According to a news release:

Canadian Pacific has two trains that visit over 150 communities across Canada and the United States.  Each Holiday Train has 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers and is decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED Christmas lights.

Thetrain is scheduled to stop in Conklin, Wednesday November 28, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. You can bring bring food items or cash for CHOW to 5 Holmes Place at the east rail yard in Conklin.

The train will also make a stop in Oneonta on Thursday, November 29th at 1:15pm at the James Georgeson railroad crossing outside Neahwa Park. Spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items to support Opportunities for Otsego.  

In addition to food items, Canadian Pacific also encourages those attending the free Holiday Train event to give generously to their local food shelves. All corporate and community cash donations made at event will be matched by CP. The matching donation, up to $250,000, will be provided to Feeding America whose member food banks are continuing to provide food and other supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

For additional information, photos, a route map and downloadable pictures of the two trains visit: www.cpr.ca. Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow the two trains on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain