Last weekend, approximately 25,000 people came together at Peninsula Caltrain stations to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Gingerbread man and other famous winter characters. The sky was lit with glittering snow, angelic holiday tunes and the general good cheer that comes with the holidays this time of year.
Nearly 2,500 toys and almost $2,500 was collected in donations during this Holiday Train weekend. Toys donated at stations benefit The Salvation Army Season of Sharing Program. A $15,000 donation made to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program by the Holiday Train was able to purchase approximately 1,500 toys for the non-profit organization. Since the first Holiday Train in 2001, more than 55,000 toys have been distributed to Bay Area children who otherwise might not receive gifts at Christmas.
Community support is a hallmark of the Holiday Train. Volunteers, ambassadors and local entertainers decorated the train and train stations and passed out candy canes, programs and stickers. Volunteers even dressed up in the above mentioned holiday character costumes and were rewarded by the delighted response of the thousands of families who turned out for the event.
To learn more about Holiday Train or to view photos from this year's event, please visit: http://www.holiday-train.org/.