The CSX Santa Train is about to head down the track!

This year, the CSX Santa Train will embark on its 68th trek through the Appalachian Mountains to bring holiday cheer by way of an actual CSX train loaded with toys and gifts to the impoverished families who live in isolated areas all the way from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Santa Train really shows what it means to have the true holiday spirit by providing thousands of kids and their families with toys and gifts that they would otherwise have had to go without; indeed, for many of these families, it is their only Christmas.

For Kids Wish Network, 2010 is the second year that we will be participating in the CSX Santa Train. Last year, we donated approximately $130,000 worth of toys, games and gifts for the Santa Train volunteers to hand out to the kids of Appalachia. We also sent our Distribution Department Manager, Ashley, to help out and she came back in awe of the holiday spirit she witnessed in everyone involved. This year, not only are we sending a volunteer, but we’re also an official sponsor of the CSX Santa Train, right alongside CSX, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Food City Supermarkets. We are bringing over $300,000 worth of toys and gifts to give to the children this year and we couldn’t be more excited, so be sure to stay tuned to our website and this blog for more updates and news as the holiday season approaches!

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Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.