The 21st edition of the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has come to an end, though that’s no reason to stop the celebration.
In fact, the cross-North America trip is to be lauded even more so now that it’s rolled to a well-deserved stop, seeing as the estimates are in for just how much good the touring train did this year.
According to a release from CP, the 2019 Holiday Train raised over $1.49 million for food banks, as well as 238,393 pounds of food for those in need.
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“For more than 20 years, we have brought the CP Holiday Train across North America delighting audiences of all ages,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO, in the release.
“Partnering with local food banks to raise awareness for hunger-related issues is the cornerstone that enables the success of the Holiday Train. Watching communities come out to celebrate and donate generously reminds us why the program continues to be so important.”
This year’s Canadian train featured performances by Madeline Merlo, Scott Helman, Terri Clark, and Dallas Smith on stops from Montreal, Quebec to Port Coquitlam, BC.
“CP has been an active and valued partner of Food Banks Canada since 1997. The in-kind transportation, financial support, and food collected at CP Holiday Train stops play an important role supporting Canadians living with food insecurity and hunger,” said Chris Hatch, Chief Executive Officer, Food Banks Canada, in the release.
“On a personal note, I can’t express how much I enjoy seeing the Holiday Train coming down the tracks, all lit up and decorated for the holidays!”
Plenty of photos were taken of this year’s voyage to immortalize the stunning sight, so even if you happened to miss it when it rolled through your city or town, you can still take a look at the train in all its glory here.