Holiday Train rolls in over $6,800 for food bank during fourth consecutive stop in Finch

Above, (left to right) Dennis Fife, Bill McGimpsey, Mp Guy Lauzon rep. Adrien Bugelli, CP Rail rep., Community Food Share Administrator Ian McKelvie, and a CP Rail rep. on stage to present the $4,000 cheque from CP Rail last year. Smith photo Nation Valley News

FINCH — For the fourth year in a row, the Holiday Train made its annual stop in Finch to bring messages of Christmas joy and to provide the crowd with top-notch entertainment. It is anticipated that over 1,000 people attended the event, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28.

Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble put on a country stomping show in front of an excited crowd as they brought warm wishes for the holiday season. For a brief half a hour, spectators were treated to top Canadian Country music talent.

“It truly is amazing that on a Wednesday afternoon over 1,000 people came out to support both the Community Food Share and the CP Holiday Train,” commented Ian McKelvie, Administrator for the Community Food Share. “In total, the Holiday Train raised 1,650 pounds of food and $2,807 in cash donations. This is in addition to the generous gift of $4,000 from Canadian Pacific”.

Below, see the whole show, including the cheque presentation to Community Food Share.

Above, Over 1,000 people were thought to have been in the Finch crowd during the 4th annual Holiday Train stop in Finch. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

“It is heartwarming to see such a great turnout for such a great cause” expressed former Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey. “We are indeed fortunate to have the CP Holiday Train stop in North Stormont. Once again, the community has shown their generosity for those less fortunate. Thank you to everyone who participated and to Canadian Pacific for coming to our community”.

Since 2015, and the Holiday Train’s first stop in Finch, CP Rail has donated $13,000 towards the Community Food Share. Community donations have raised a total of $9,356 and 10,470 pounds of food.

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