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Holiday trains collect more than a million

— The Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains, one of which passed through this region last month, collected more than $1 million in Canadian currency and 400,000 pounds of food in 2012, according to a release from the company.

The train, decorated in holiday lights and carrying a live musical show, made stops in Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Plattsburgh and Rouses Point where thousands of people turned out to greet it.

The goal of the “Holiday Train” is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the train provided a box car stage, musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, donated food and funds, all of which stays in the community.

Since the programs inception in 1999, the trains have collected a total of 3 million pounds of groceries and $7.4 million to aid efforts to reduce hunger in Canadian and U.S. communities.

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