Matching campaign underway to help Community Food Share during Holiday Train’s Dec. 12 ‘virtual visit’ on Facebook live

Kelly Prescott (at centre during the Holiday Train's 2018 stop in Finch) with Terri Clark and Sierra Noble. Prescott is among the acts to be featured in CP's Dec. 12 live stream in place of the Holiday Train visiting communities like Finch in 2020. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SD&G — The CP Holiday Train is off the rails this year because of the pandemic — but it’s still rolling in virtual form Dec. 12 to raise money for food banks across North America — including Community Food Share (operating in Dundas County and North Stormont).

CP has lined up an 8 p.m. Facebook Live concert featuring Serena Ryder, The Trews, JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott, in place of the actual train stopping and drawing crowds.

In connection with the event, Community Food Share says it has been assured of another donation of $4,000 from CP, even in the train’s physical absence in Finch, plus $1,000 Finch Recreation is kicking in to the cause.

The North Stormont community has been one of the stops on the first leg of the CP Holiday Train route after its departure from Montreal. During the 2015 Plowing Match in North Stormont, the community pushed hard to have the CP Holiday Train add a new stop in Finch. Thanks to the efforts of the local municipal council and the Finch Lions Club, the train has rolled into the village each year since then, bringing an exciting blend of Canadian musical talent and the breath-taking sight of an entire train outlined in lights.

Below, the CP Holiday Train’s 2018 Finch visit with Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble.

As a fundraising event for food banks along the route, the Holiday Train has become a major source of revenue and food donations for Community Food Share. But with no physical crowds to collect from this year, the local organization has instead launched a campaign with the goal of matching the combined $5,000 already pledged by CP and Finch Recreation.

Since the opening of the Finch Food Cupboard, North Stormont has been a strong supporter of CFS. The charity is again counting on the generous support of not only that township but also all of Dundas County. For more information or to make a donation, visit Community Food Share’s website or Facebook page.

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