Holiday Train to garner food bank support

The CP Rail Holiday train is making a stop in Millet, Wetaskiwin and Leduc on Dec, 7.

Every year the CP Holiday Train rolls into communities across Canada and the United States

Every year the CP Holiday Train rolls into communities across Canada and the United States

All aboard for holiday fun and philanthropy.

The CP Rail Holiday train is making a stop in Millet, Wetaskiwin and Leduc on Dec, 7.

Along with county singer Dallas Smith and rock band Odds those coming out to experience the holiday train will see a food bank fundraiser in full swing.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along food or cash donations for their local food bank.

“Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than $12 million and 3.9 million pounds of food for North American food banks. Anything raised in a community stays in that community. Canada Pacific Railway also a donation for every community it stops in with the Holiday Train.”

Millet food bank chair Debbie Herman has confirmed the Millet Community Food Bank will be using a school bus to collect food donations brought to the Millet Holiday Train stop.

This year, with Alberta’s recession, families across the province will be struggling to celebrate to holidays.

Herman says those needing the food bank’s services are growing and others are not able to donate as they might have in the past.

Also being held during the Holiday Train’s stop in Millet is the Collect & Connect Millet, which has a goal of goal of $8,000, which is 1,600 paper links to run around the collection bus. “During that event we will announce an up-to-date running total of links sold,” Herman said in a press statement.

The train is set to arrive in Wetaskiwin about 5:30 p.m.first, then Millet at 6:50 p.m. and then on to Leduc at about 8 p.m.