More than $12,000 raised at annual Holiday Train
Just one day before, temperatures were near zero degrees, and wind chills dipped into negative double digits. But the arctic weather broke just in time for the annual CP Rail Holiday Train to make its stop in Hastings Thursday afternoon.
“We had the nicest day of the whole week,” said Chris Koop, director of Hastings Family Service.
The Holiday Train is a CP Rail initiative to help its communities by collecting food and monetary donations for local food shelves along its tracks. Donations collected in Hastings stay in Hastings and benefit Hastings Family Service.
This year’s event saw hundreds of people turn out for the event. A pickup truck was nearly full of food donations before the train even arrived. Volunteers from the Student Hastings Impact Program (SHIP) and Youth First Planning Council meandered through the crowd collecting cash donations for HFS. CP Rail surprised Hastings Family Service with a check for $4,500 this year. The railroad normally contributes $1,000, but decided to up its contribution in celebration of the Holiday Train’s 15th anniversary.“It was just a wonderful, pleasant surprise,” Koop said.Donations totaled more than $12,000 and more than 2,800 pounds of food. Donations came from the holiday train event as well as Merchants Bank’s 10 Days of Giving campaign at its location and at Hastings schools, the MOMS Club of Hastings and the Boy Scouts.Concessions were provided by the MOMs Club, with donations from Caribou Coffee, The Point, the YMCA, Terry’s Hardware, Perkins, Rivertown Eye Care and Miss Sara’s Cakery.All proceeds from the event went to Hastings Family Service.