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Letter: HFS says thanks to those who helped this holiday

To the editor,

The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train put on a spectacular show to raise awareness about hunger and presented Hastings Family Service with a check for $1,000. The Holiday Train is such a wonderful family friendly tradition and it is made possible by so  many community members who are committed to fighting hunger in our community. Rob Anderson played Christmas music and made announcements while Holiday Train enthusiasts patiently waited for the train's arrival. Boy Scout Pack 278 helped collect food at the Holiday Train and collected 651 pounds of food. The Youth First Planning Council (YFPC) and Student Hastings Impact Program (SHIP) collected $295 and the Mom's Club East coordinated concessions and collected $658.19 in free will offerings. In preparation for the train's arrival, Merchants Bank sponsored their annual Ten Days of Giving and presented Hastings Family Service with a check for $1,504. In addition, Merchants Bank helped promote the high school and middle school coin drives by providing a catered lunch for the two classrooms that raised the most money. The school coin drives raised $4478.94 and with that adopted, shopped, and wrapped gifts for nine families and also purchased teenager gift cards. Merchants Bank also helped Frank Yanz, of District 200, pick up the food drive collection at the all of the elementary schools and collected 1,254 pounds of food.

The Holiday Train brought in a total of 1,905 pounds of food and $7,936.13 to help families seeking holiday assistance this season.  

Merry Christmas from everyone at HFS, we are so blessed by the outpouring of support during the holiday season.

Chris Koop, executive director, Hastings Family Service