The CP holiday train rolled into Springwater Township earlier today where hundreds of families gathered to enjoy the Christmas spirt. The crowed enjoyed performances by musical guests Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo, and of course Santa Claus made an appearance.
Every year, the Holiday Train collects food and money for local food banks at each spot. The Elmvale Food Bank and the Barrie Food Bank graciously received $3,000 each from CP along with food and monetary donations donated from event goers at the event. The Holiday Train has raised more than C$15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999. This holiday season, the Barrie Food Bank is hoping to raise 200,000 pounds of food to help replenish the shelves, and to stay stocked well into the new year.
The most needed items at the food bank include: peanut butter, canned stew, canned luncheon meats, juices, rice, baby food and formula, canned tuna, mayonnaise, canned vegetables, soups, can pasta, macaroni, school snacks, sugar, flour, pancake mix, condiments such as ketchup and mustard and personal hygiene products like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and feminine products.