By David F. Rooney
Revelstokians responded with amazing generosity when the annual CPR Holiday Train rolled into town on Sunday.
“We collected more food than we ever had before,” Community Connections Food Bank Coordinator Patti Larson said Monday. “People brought 1,500 pounds of food! Last year they donated 800 pounds and the year before that 500 pounds.”
They also donated $1,330 in cash by gobbling down the 30 dozen hot dogs and buns grilled by local firefighters. All those dogs nd buns, as well as all the hot chocolate and marshmallows were donated by Cooper’s. And Downie Timber quietly donated $1,000 in Cooper’s gift cards, she said, adding that everyone deserves “a big thank you!”
The Canadian Pacific Railroad also deserves some major-league gratitude for the $10,000 donation to the Food Bank brought by the Holiday Train and some great entertainment for the huge crowd, perhaps as many as 2,000 people, who attended its arrival.
The annual CPR Holiday Train rolled into town on Sunday, December 13, bearing $10,000 for the Community Connections Food Bank and some great entertainment for the huge crowd, perhaps as many as 2,000 people, who attended its arrival.
City Councillor Linda Nixon represented the City at the event where Katie Hill and Mark Jackson of the CPR presented Food Bank Coordinator Patti Larson with the badly needed donation, which represents about 10 per cent of the agency’s annual needs.
Many people in the crowd brought their own donations of food or offered cash to the firefighters who fired up a barbeque and served up hundreds of hot dogs and cups of coffee and cocoa.
And then there was the great music. But why am I making you read about it? Please activate the YouTube player below to watch a 20-minute video of the cheque presentation as well as some of the great music provided by, first Tracey Brown of the Family Brown, and then Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo. And below that I have a few photos from the event. Enjoy!