CALGARY, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The 2013 CP Holiday Train's journey in
support of food banks is now well into its Western Canadian portion of
this year's three-week trek.
Since November 25th, the 15th annual Holiday Train has been raising
money, food, and awareness for local food banks in over 30 Canadian
communities, featuring Crystal Shawanda, Jim Cuddy, and Melanie Doan.
Canadian country music stars Doc Walker joined the Holiday Train in
At the same time the Holiday Train is travelling through Canada, a
second brightly-decorated train is rolling across the United States
with the same mission of helping local food banks in the fight against
hunger in their neighbourhoods.
Each Holiday Train consists of 14 brightly decorated railcars, including
a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for
performers. They're each decorated with hundreds of thousands of
technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs. For the 15th year,
CP's elves have updated the lighting that adorns the sides of the two
trains that are part of the Holiday Train program.
CP asks that attendees bring a non-perishable food or cash donation. All
donations stay with the food bank in the community where they're
donated. Items like infant formula, canned meats, and spaghetti sauce
are in particular demand.
In addition to raising money and food for local food banks, Canadian
Pacific will match all donations to the Breakfast Club of Canada during
this year's Holiday Train journey. People are encouraged to go to www.breakfastclubcanada.org to make a donation that CP in turn will match dollar-for-dollar. This
matching program is above and beyond the donations made to community
food shelves at each stop. As well, at the Hamilton Holiday Train show
on November 30, CP presented the organization with a cheque for
$100,000 as further support.
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 #CPHolidayTrain.
Broadcast b-roll available at: http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/Pages/media.aspx
Image with caption: "Holiday Train (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131203_C7266_PHOTO_EN_34284.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Pacific
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