Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be pulling into Tracy Saturday afternoon.
CP Holiday Train plans Tracy stop
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to Tracy. The “train of lights” will arrive in Tracy at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 to raise money, food, and awareness. The train will stop on the tracks near Tracy Ace.
The Tracy stop is one of about 150 communities that are part of this year’s journey by the two Holiday Trains making their way across Canada and the United States until Dec. 19.
The stop will benefit the Kitchen Table Food Shelf in Tracy. The request is for people to bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to help support the local food shelf.
This is the 15th year for this annual rolling fundraiser. Since 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised about $7.4 million and about three million pounds of food for North American food banks.
Each Holiday Train has 14 brightly decorated rail cars with hundreds of thousands of LED holiday lights and designs. As well, the two trains feature a modified box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers who entertain supporters with a live festive show for the entire family.
For additional information, visit www.cpr.ca. Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and on Twitter @CPHolidaytrain.
Secret Santa seeks gifts to help kids
Tracy’s Secret Santa Foundation is looking for help.
Donations of new toys, gently-used or new winter clothing, and money are sought to help local children in need. Gifts are given anonymously to families prior to Christmas.
The Secret Santa group was begun several years ago by a small group of Tracy Elementary School employees who saw a need to help children who might not otherwise be getting a Christmas gift. The winter apparel goes to kids whose families might not be able to afford warm boots, mittens, and coats for the children.
“Every circumstance is different,” said a Secret Santa volunteer, who wishes to remain anonymous. “We try to help out families that are having a hard time.”
Last year, the Secret Santa Foundation helped about 40 families and 90 children in the Tracy Public School district. Similar needs are seen this year.
Besides Christmas presents and winter clothing, the Secret Santa Foundation has also given grocery store gift cards to help families where volunteers fear there may not be enough food in the house.
Unwrapped gifts and winter apparel can be dropped off at the Tracy Elementary School office. Monetary gifts can be mailed to the elementary school, in care of the Secret Santa Foundation.
People who wish to anonymously bring a child in need to the attention of the Secret Santa Foundation can do so my contacting the school office.
“There could easily be some needs that we are not aware of,” said the volunteer.
The group has about a dozen volunteers who buy items, wrap presents, and make deliveries.