For the first time this year, Food Bank executives were invited to ride aboard the CPR Holiday Train from Millet to Leduc, representing the Leduc and District Food Bank, Gert Reynar, executive director and Nadine Leming, chair of the Board were among the lucky passengers.
Gert and Nadine shared, “The CP staff members were fun hosts, serving us cookies and hot chocolate. The train only ran at 50 km an hour, slow enough for us to view the evening scenery and the long lines of vehicles parked on the highways’ shoulder with their occupants standing and taking photos or videos. We got to enjoy the band’s fantastic concert both in Millet and in Leduc. The band had a quick meal between these two stops so we didn’t get to socialize with the musicians.
While we were heading towards Leduc our board members and volunteers had set up the cube van loaned to us by Ken’s Furniture in the No Frills parking lot. As the train approached the store we could see a large crowd waving and cheering, our people handling lots of food donations and members of the Boys & Girls Club strolling about collecting cash in our special containers. In total the Leduc and District Food Bank gratefully collected 2853 lbs. of food and $1289 in cash donations from our generous residents. The city of Leduc teams had done a great job setting up the entire event. There was a shuttle carrying residents from the Leduc Composite High school and back. The concert was full of energy and from what we saw people really seemed to enjoy the show, especially kids and youths.”