Tonight the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train 2010 completed its twelfth cross-Canada journey at Queen Street Plaza in Port Moody, BC, and once again the weather cooperated as the locals enjoyed the festivities.
In Port Moody, attendees brought non-perishable food items to add to the generous corporate contributions made locally. All collected donations are given to the Tri-Cities food bank: SHARE Family & Community Services Society. If you’ve been following the local news then you’ll know already about the desperate need this year.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Facebook “Info” page asks, “Where else can you see a show for the price of donating to your local food bank?”
At each stop along the route Canadian Pacific provides a brightly decorated boxcar converted into a stage, where the entertainers put on a free holiday show. This year entertainers included the Odds, an alternative rock band (with Port Moody’s own Craig Northey), who brought their energy and full voiced harmonies to the Holiday Train stage.
A special guest appearance was made by Santa Claus who annually reminds us all that the bright lights, festivities, entertainment and merriment are about the season and spirit of giving. Over $4.8 million has been raised and 2.3 million pounds of food has been collected for local food banks across Canada and the United States, since the Holiday Train’s inception in 1999.
Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train is a spectacular sight, covered in almost 200,000 LED lights that blink red, green and other festive colours, as it travels through the countryside in the dark of night visiting over 140 communities.
Thank you to the generosity of CP as Food Bank Canada’s largest single donor of transportation services in Canada, and all who participated.
You can also Donate online to CP Holiday Train through Food Banks Canada.