2013 CP Holiday Train makes its way into Western Canada

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 Winnipeg.

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

For further information:

For media inquiries please call the CP 24/7 media line: 1-855-242-3674 

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890