Railroad to Continue Food Bank Donations and Online Fundraising Concert
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CALGARY, Alberta – The Canadian Pacific Holiday train will be sidelined again by COVID-19 considerations in 2021, but the railroad will continue the measures it took in 2020, making donations to food banks and organizing an online fundraising concert.
“The spirit of the Holiday Train is to give generously and inspire those around us to give too,” said Keith Creel, CEO of Canadian Pacific. a Friday press release. “While we are disappointed that we cannot bring the Holiday Train to communities again, we are honored to run a virtual program and continue to support the communities and food banks in our network as they strive to fight food insecurity in North America. ”
The railroad will donate to food banks that would normally benefit from a stopover during the holidays – including those that receive visits every year – as well as the performance of the concert. The railroad said details of the concert will be announced in the coming weeks.
CP joins with CSX Transportation and Kansas City Southern to opt for other forms of donation in place of traditional vacation train operations. Santa’s CSX train in the Appalachians to be replaced by a drive-thru gift distribution [see “CSX Santa Train won’t run again in 2021,” Trains News Wire, July 15, 2021], while Kansas City Southern will host fundraising efforts to benefit The Salvation Army in lieu of its traditional Holiday Express [see “KCS Holiday Express will not run in 2021 …,” News Wire, Sept. 13, 2021]. Indiana Rail Road announced last week that its Santa train will operate, but with new COVID-19 protocols [see “Indiana Rail Road Santa Train to return,” News Wire, Oct. 6, 2021].