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November 30, 2016

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Holiday Train nets thousands for food bank

Kalynn Sawyer Helmer

Record Contributor

FINCH – The Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Holiday Train made its second official stop in Finch on Sun., Nov. 27. After 2015’s Stop-and-Go style greeting went so well, this year’s visit included all the perks.

Over 150 volunteers were out helping to organize the event. Three food bank stations scattered the festive area and local companies came to entertain the masses who waited for the train’s arrival. Donated buses from Delaney and Roxborough were on route to shuttle community members to the event and designated parking around Finch made for an organized and accessible way to attend the holiday train.

Dundas County Food Bank Administrator Ian McKelvie and his team had a big role in organizing the event. McKelvie said the addition of games and attractions like Little Ray’s Reptiles and the library helped to give the spectators a few more attractions to visit before the holiday train’s grand entrance.

With last year’s donations rounding out to approximately $6,000 and 6,000 pounds of food, 2016 looks promising to continue such success. Before the entertainment was underway, the 2015 IPM donated $1,000 to the Dundas County Food Bank and CP quadrupled their donation from last year, giving $4,000.

The CP Holiday Train makes sure that every donation given stays in the community. The train will travel from Montreal to Vancouver doing 150 shows. Over the years the Holiday Train has been responsible for raising $12-million in cash donations and 3.9-million pounds of food.

The entertainers on Sunday included The Odds and country music rising star Dallas Smith. A few holiday tunes melded well with the two bands’ own tracks, and then the train took off for Merrickville.

McKelvie expressed his hope that the generous community-driven event will become a well-honoured tradition each year. With Sunday’s success in mind, the Dundas County Food Bank is making a big difference in the lives of people in the communities served.