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Holiday Train comes to the Southwest Dec. 8 to help Salvation Army

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Since 1999, Canadian Pacific has shown their holiday spirit by traveling throughout North America to raise money and collect food items for local food banks. The CP Holiday Train will be passing through the Southwest on Dec. 8, with a stop in Swift Current at 12:30pm, and a stop in Maple Creek at 3:30pm.

“We started the program with only one train that hit a handful of communities, and now we are in our 14th year with two trains that travel across our network, reaching over 150 communities,” explained Kevin Hrysak with CP. “Everything raised and donated at each individual event stays with that community and food bank.”


Each community is able to show their support to those struggling this holiday season right here at home, by coming out with a donation or food item to enjoy some fantastic entertainment. This year's performers include Doc Walker, Miss Emily, and the Brothers Dube.


“There is a significant amount of planning that goes into the Holiday Train from a mechanical, logistics, operations, community, and media front to make it a success,” admitted Hrysak. “ We bring the entertainment and attraction, and look to local food banks to set up the event within their individual communities.”


The program has been widely supported throughout Canada and into the US, and Hrysak noted that crowds continue to grow – varying from a few hundred people to upwards of 10,000, depending on the location.


“This is a program and a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of many CP employees, and Canadians also rally behind this cause,” he added. “We look every year to make improvements to our lighting design and show to attract more people to the event to rally behind this cause and hope that we are making a difference, one stop at a time.”


He feels that most Canadians understand the need for food banks within the community, especially during this time of year. Each dollar donated to the food bank translates to $4 of buying power, making even the smallest of donations incredibly valuable to the community.


“The unfortunate fact is that more and more Canadians are turning to this service, and CP is glad that we can help raise awareness for the cause, and give back to the communities where we operate,” Hrysak explained. “Support for these food banks really needs to happen year round, so we try to give them a bit of a boost with our annual event.”

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Jessi Gowan