For the third year in a row, Kids Wish Network is getting ready to board the CSX Santa Train with loads and loads of awesome toys and gifts to give to deserving children all throughout the Appalachian Mountain region. What is this Santa Train, you ask. Well, let me tell you.
It’s an amazing old, blue train that is packed with toys, gifts and volunteers that travels through the Appalachian Mountains. Over the course of only one amazing day, the donated toys and gifts will be distributed directly into the hands of thousands of children and teenagers in need at different stops from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee. The toys are divided into pre-packaged bags according to age and gender which are then handed to the kids on the ground. For many of these kids, this is their only Christmas.
This outstanding effort has been ongoing for the past 68 years, making this the 69th annual Santa Train; it’s become an actual holiday tradition for the people of the Appalachian Mountains! Not only are there toys and gifts on the train, but there are also celebrities. In the past, Naomi and Wynonna Judd have participated and, this year, country duo Thompson Square will be participating along with the one and only Santa Claus! What a treat!
To show you a little of the excitement and joy we are so thrilled to be a part of with the CSX Santa Train, here are some pictures of last year’s event we’d like to share with you:
Also, here’s Barbara letting you know it’s getting close to Santa Train time!
See you on the train!