The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

The Holiday Train is on track to stop in Castlegar

The Holiday Train will arrive in Castlegar on Monday, Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m. to support the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will arrive in Castlegar on Monday, Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m. to support the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank.

The Holiday Train will stop outside the Heritage Society CP Station Museum and at 3:45 p.m. the performance will commence.

“This magnificent train comes in that’s all lit,” explains Deb McIntosh from the food bank. “They pull into the yard at the back at the museum there and drop down the stage and the music starts, and it it’s short, but it’s action packed.”

This year the performers will be Jim Cuddy, who was given the Order of Canada in November, and his son Devin, as well as Kelly Prescott, Holiday Train veteran and award-winning country singer.

Santa will also be on the scene, walking through the crowd and handing out candy for the little ones.

Most important, there will be two tents: one to collect monetary donations for the food bank and the other to collect donations of food, clothing and toys. There will also be kindness meters set out.

“Donations are starting to come in now and it’s looking not so bad, but the money that we bring right now has to run us from January through to June/July,” says McIntosh. “So we need like $60,000 just to know that we’re solvent for a little bit, and that’s just to buy groceries and pay rent at the shelter.”

In addition to non-perishable food the food bank also needs things like toothpaste, dish soap and toilet paper. People can also donate things like socks, mitts and toques.

“We do ask that socks and anything like that are new,” said McIntosh. “We will take gently used gloves and hats, but this is Christmas, it is going in their hamper so we do only accept new toys and we’ll only put new items into their hampers.”

Toys are given to children from age zero to 18.

“Get a gift certificate for Walmart, for Canadian Tire, for JJ’s, something like that if you wanna buy for a teenager,” said McIntosh.

The museum will also be raising funds that afternoon by selling hot dogs and hot chocolate.

 

Just Posted

Tour company plans shuttle service to Kelowna for stranded travellers

SMT Kootenay wants to help travellers get in and out of ‘Cancelgar’ in winter months

Castlegar pastors find life in wheelchair a challenge

The men found the obstacles were both physical and mental.

Castlegar library offering free radon detectors

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and Castlegar has one of the highest levels in B.C.

Castlegar’s Waterline property purchased; owners to protect it for rock climbers

New owners plan to subdivide, sell bluffs to recreational climbing group

PLACE NAMES: Cancelgar

Reliability issues at the regional airport resulted in a creative if unflattering nickname

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read