Christmas Spirit Comes To Millet

Pipestone Flyer

Every two years, and now celebrating its 16th year, the Canadian Pacific Rail supports a Holiday Train. This is a rolling fundraising event which travels across Canada to raise money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues. The concerts are free and everyone is encouraged to bring a donation for their local food bank, as all donations stay in your local community.

The stop in Millet this year was a huge success, collecting 1400 kg of food as well as $1800 in monetary gifts from the attendees. Half of the funds, and some of the food will be used to create the Lion’s Christmas hampers, with the remainder being used to stock the shelves of the Millet Food Bank.

At 5:30 pm on Monday, December 08, 2014, a trailer, flood lights, the Lions bus and volunteers sat in the parking lot ready and waiting for the spectators and Holiday Train to arrive. Through the coordination of the Millet Food Bank, the Town of Millet, the Millet Fire Department, the Lions Club and all the volunteers, everything was set in place and ready for the participants to have a good time and be entertained.

In addition this year, along with the Millet Lions Bus, the Lions provided free hot dogs and hot chocolate for all the participants who came out. The proceeds to provide the service and food was a contribution of local businesses and citizens. A big thank you to all the participants who helped make this happen.

Northgate Trailer Industries, GWG Rentals, A1 Town & Country Rentals, Barry Ritz Trucking, Midwest Propane, Colin Kerr Holdings, Pacrim Pipe, Camion Logistics, Garth & Vi Rudolph, Silvertide Trucking, Norex Canada, Nyco Industries, Brenda & Jerry Shantz, The Pipestone Flyer & Millet Old Bank all helped to make this evening a success.

Main Street and streets up past the school to the park were filled with parked vehicles. People of all ages started arriving around 6:00 pm, with their donation for the food bank and patiently waiting for the Holiday Train, with entertainers, Roxanne Potvin and the Odds. And what a sight to see it was! Over 2000 people came to see the Holiday Train, be entertained and to support our Food Bank and Christmas Hampers. People came and gave. They just kept giving and giving. Not only was the Lions Bus packed full of food, but small buckets were being filled with donations.

During the concert a cheque was donated to the Millet Food Bank from CP Rail in the amount of $4,000.00. After the event, volunteers unloaded the proceeds from the Millet Lions Bus along with 48 dozen wieners and buns.

Thank you to all who participated, from the child who handed in that one can of food, the person who gave that $100 bill, the people who stood in the cold, the people who supported with equipment, tools, food and services and to all the volunteers. You have provided a better Christmas and year for those in need.

Pictured: Odds performing aboard the CP Holiday Train at Millet, AB. Photo by Joy Storey

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