Holiday Train food collection exceeds goal

Fireworks light up the sky over the Holiday Train in the Lyons District on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Kehly Kennedy

CLINTON — The Holiday Train committee has announced that the annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train food drive was a success.

"We were able to collect 21,000 pounds of food with an additional donation of $1,046 in cash as well as $5,500 donated to Pantries United from the CP Holiday Train," said Mary Seely, director of the Clinton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. "This exceeded our goal of 20,000 pounds of food donations. We could not have achieved this without the support of the Clinton community."

More than 4,000 people attended the Holiday Train event on Tuesday in the Lyons District, she said.

All food and donations will be used locally within the Clinton community.

Seely said the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will continue to make it visits to Clinton due to the support in fulfilling the mission of the CP Holiday Train to collect food for local pantries.