The Canadian Holiday Train visited Merrickville last night. According to JoAnn Helmer, with the Emergency Food Cupboard, between 3,000 and 4,000 people came out to catch the train and enjoy live entertainment last year. This year similar numbers were in attendance.
In fact, last year's event was so successful that attendees filled seven boxcars with food and collected $700 for the Emergency Food Cupboard, which is located in the Merrickville District Community Health Centre. Helmer said those donations kept the food bank stocked until April of this year. To share the wealth, Helmer has invited representatives from House of Lazarus in Mountain and the Food For All Food Bank in Prescott to attend this year's Holiday Train event and donations will be split between the three food banks.
"We're so happy that it (Holiday Train) comes at night so the lights will be everywhere and there will be great music. It's going to be pretty spectacular," said Helmer. We encourage lots of families to come out. It's a really wonderful family event."
Submitted by Randy Marsh