Holiday Train to roll into Detroit Lakes Thursday
It was 13 years ago now that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train first rolled into Detroit Lakes, and each year, it has helped to keep the shelves of the Becker County Food Pantry filled with enough food to ensure that local families in need won't go hungry through the holiday season.
"It's a nice boost for us, especially during the holidays," says Brad Carlson, the food pantry's executive director. "Last year Canadian Pacific gave us $4,500, and we also picked up another $972 in cash and 446 pounds of food from local donations."
This year's stop, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, will once again take place along Soo Avenue, between Holmes and Front streets. Though there is no admission fee for the free show, which features music by The Trews and Willy Porter — along with the chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus singing and dancing along — audience members are asked to bring a donation of either cash or non-perishable food items to help fill the food pantry's shelves for the holiday season and beyond.
The half-hour performance is expected to begin at approximately 2:45 p.m. In addition to the music, there will also be at least two or three large pots of hot chocolate on hand to help keep kids and adults warm while they enjoy the show, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy for the kids as well.
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