CP Holiday Train rolls through central Alberta

By Sheldon Spackman
December 7, 2017 - 10:52am Updated: December 8, 2017 - 11:10am

A visit by the CP Holiday Train to central Alberta this week will go a long way toward feeding those in need this Christmas.

The train which travels across most of the country during the holiday season each year features live music from well-known Canadian entertainers while collecting food and money for local food banks.

Wednesday, the train stopped in Ponoka and collected 1,711 pounds of food from those who came to see the train and enjoy the entertainment from Colin James and Emma Lee. The Ponoka Food Bank will also receive $1,262.31 collected from those who attended, plus an additional $4,000 from CP, bringing the total cash donation to $5,262.31.

The CP Holiday Train then made stops in Lacombe and Blackfalds with a $4,000 cheque presented by CP to the Lacombe Community Food Bank, along with $1,054 collected from those in attendance and 1,905 pounds of food.

In Blackfalds, CP handed over a $3,000 cheque to the Blackfalds Food Bank which also received nearly $900 from attendees and between 750 and 1,000 pounds of food.

The Innisfail Food Bank received $3,500 from CP, while residents there donated about 1,100 pounds of food. Cash donations have yet to be released.


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