Holiday Train boosts food shelf donations


It was an unbelievable night for the Canadian Pacific Railway Christmas Holiday Train and Fundraiser. A member of the Annandale Police Department said that this year was the largest gathering of people they have ever experienced. The weather was warm and attracted people from the communities of Maple Lake, Annandale, South Haven and more.  The Canadian Pacific staff estimated the crowd at 7,000, but 5,000 would certainly be realistic. Ed Skomoroh had the opportunity to ride the train from Buffalo to Annandale and looking out from his coach there were families lined up at Maple Lake along the tracks to watch the train go by and this extended to Annandale.
The Annandale Food Shelf van was stuffed to the ceiling, including the passenger seat. The food donations totaled around 3,900 pounds. The generosity from the communities was overwhelming. The Candian Pacific Railway donated $4,500 and through the generous donations at the Anchor Dock Christmas train party and individuals’ donations, the total donations are over $36,000 and we are expecting several more big donations yet to come. Our communities care for those less privileged and we can continue to feed our hungry good, wholesome, nourishing food. A great big thank you to everyone who participated.