CP Holiday train rolls through Kamloops

By Chad Harris
December 16, 2015 - 3:35pm Updated: December 17, 2015 - 7:44pm

KAMLOOPS — For the 16th year running, the CP Holiday Train rolled into Kamloops, bringing with it Christmas cheer.

Decked out in hundreds of thousands of lights and festive decorations, the Canadian Pacific Railway holiday train is travelling across Canada and the U.S. helping to stock the shelves at food banks in local communities.

The train has been running since 1999, making over 150 stops along the way.

"It started out to increase awareness about what food banks do, and we're grateful for that. Over the years, CP has donated and has had the communities donate over $10 million and over 3 million pounds of food, very significant donations to the communities," says Kamloops Food Bank Executive Director, Bernadette Siracky. 

Kamloops residents gathered to see the bright rail extravaganza pull into the city. Special musical acts entertained the crowd, including Blue Rodeo, as well as some local talent.

The holiday train is one of the most important Christmas fundraisers for the Kamloops Food Bank, helping the non-profit organization feed each and every client that walks through the doors.

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