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Since 1998, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has made its way to Muscatine every three years. Decked in colorful LED lights made into a variety of delightful holiday shapes and scenes and featuring live music, the CP Holiday Train always draws a sizable crowd to celebrate its stop in our city. While its visit certainly helps everyone get into the holiday spirit, this train has another purpose too, to help support the Muscatine Salvation Army food pantry. In the twenty years the CP Holiday Train has run, it has raised $14.5 million for food pantries across the United States and Canada and has donated 4.3 million pounds of food. Over the years, Muscatine has benefited greatly from the CP Holiday Train’s generosity. Lieutenant Christian Lopez, Co-Director of the Muscatine Salvation Army, shared that the CP Holiday Train has contacted him each time they have come to Muscatine to offer support to the Salvation Army’s food pantry and meal program. This year, CP engineer Chad Johnson, a Muscatine native, had the honor of presenting Lopez with a $4,000 donation. Lopez shared that the Muscatine Salvation Army will put this money into its meal program to buy ingredients not already in the food pantry and to purchase or replace any cooking supplies they need. Along with this money, the CP Holiday Train collected approximately 200 pounds of food to add to the Muscatine Salvation Army’s food pantry by asking everyone who came out to view the train to bring one non-perishable food item. In addition to supporting the Muscatine Salvation Army, the CP Holiday Train also provided an evening of fun for everyone who came out to see it. After Mayor Diana Broderson officially welcomed it to the city and the Muscatine Salvation Army received its donations, Willy Porter and the Trews gave a short concert. Salvation Army officer Oz Malcolm also served free hot chocolate and coffee to keep everyone warm and happy throughout the CP Holiday Train’s visit. Though the CP Holiday Train has continued on its journey across North America to continue spreading holiday cheer, Muscatine’s residents will certainly consider its stop here a night to remember. In particular, the Muscatine Salvation Army will continue to enjoy the donations they received and use them to help our community throughout this holiday season and all year long.
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