Usually, on its trek back up north, we can catch a glimpse of Santa dancing to some live music. Though a lot has come back since the pandemic, this is not one of those things.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will host a virtual concert and donate to local food banks in communities across its network for the Holiday Train program’s 23rd year. Though they’re going virtual again, they’re hoping to still feature the “ongoing need for food banks and the critical work they do.”
“The spirit of the Holiday Train is about giving generously and inspiring those around us to give as well,” said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we are disappointed we again cannot bring the Holiday Train to communities, we are honored to run a virtual program and continue to support communities and food banks across our network as they work to address food insecurity in North America.”
The Holiday Train started in 1999 and since then, has raised $19.4 million and collected 4.9 million pounds of food for community food banks along CP’s network.
“Throughout the pandemic, the need for emergency food support has grown tremendously, and we are grateful to be one of the charities benefiting from the CP Holiday Train this year,” said Vince Barletta, Harvest Manitoba CEO. “CP’s Holiday Train shines a light on food insecurity in communities like ours, and the funds raised help us ensure that no Manitoban goes hungry throughout the holiday season and beyond.”
Each year, CP has always had live music and in keeping with that tradition, they will be hosting a live virtual concert with dates yet to be announced.