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CP Holiday Train delivers for Fort Macleod food bank

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The Holiday Train’s decorated boxcars.

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Children watch the Holiday Train arrive Tuesday

Salvation Army cheque

Angie O’Connor, Major Brian Beveridge and Mayor Rene Gendre accept a Holiday Train cheque for the Salvation Army.

The CP Holiday Train pulled into Fort Macleod right on schedule on Tuesday morning to deliver support for the Salvation Army food bank.
Hundreds of people turned out to be entertained by musicians Matt Dusk and Melanie Doane and to watch CP present a $7,000 cheque to the Salvation Army.
“We’re humbled by it,” Major Brian Beveridge of the Salvation Army said os the CP Holiday Train’s efforts.”It’s an awesome undertaking to do this and we recognize that. We thank you on behalf of people who will have food they wouldn’t otherwise have.”
The Holiday Train consists of 14 brightly decorated cars, including a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers.
Since the Holiday Train program first launched in 1999, it has raised $7.4-million and three million pounds of food.
“When life goes sideways we sometimes refer to it being off the rails,” Gendre said. “When life rights itself we say we are on track. We wish to wholeheartedly thank CP Rail, its employees, organizers and volunteers for stopping in Fort Macleod this year and donating so generously to our food bank.”

Melanie Doane

Matt Dusk watches Melanie Doane play the fiddle.

After its stop in Fort Macleod the Holiday Train rumbled west to Pincher Creek and Blairmore. The Holiday Train will end its journey on Dec. 16 in Port Coquitlam, B.C.