It could have easily been a Hallmark movie.
On the snowy prairies with trees outlined naked against the sky, the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train rolled majestically into small the town of Bredenbury, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, December 4th at 10:15 a.m. The crowd buzzed with joy – excited school children, expectant adults, a dancing Santa, and friendly policemen. It was my first time seeing the Holiday Train in my 22 years living in Canada, and I was as thrilled as the kids.
The goal of the Train is to support the Food Bank. Canadian artistes hold a 30-minute concert (Madeline Merlo and Scott Helman this year) and encourage people to give, for no one should be hungry at Christmas time (or anytime for that matter). A donation of $5,500 was made to the Yorkton Salvation Army by the CP.
Access7 television (the cable network that airs my show ETERNITY) was present to film the event, and pretty soon an eager bunch of grade six-ers was around me. Everyone wanted to be on TV, and I was asked to interview them. This was super fun. Even the foreign student exchange program wanted their student to be interviewed. Very cool.
Below is a random video clip and more photos of the morning, before the train moved on to Yorkton and Foam Lake.