It was another huge turnout for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train last Saturday night in Bellevue.
It is estimated that as many as 3,000 people showed up at the event at the tracks along Jefferson Avenue where Willy Porter and the Trews played live music and CP Trainmaster, Phil Irving presented the Bellevue Bread Basket with a $4,000 check. Untold amounts of non-perishable food items were also donated filling several pickups.
Along with the live entertainment and donations to the needy, Bellevue Bread Basket volunteer Jayne Schroeder, was on hand to tell those present in the crowd in Bellevue that the major donations and the huge turnout was appreciated.
Live musical entertainment from the train’s lighted boxcar stages featured Canadian music stars Willy Porter and the Trews.
The decorated, lighted train, which rolls through Bellevue every two years, raises money and goods for food pantries and also raises awareness of hunger throughout the United States and Canada. The Holiday train has made stops here in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 which resulted in thousands of dollars in donations and truckloads of needed food.
Organizers also passed the hat for cash donations and gathered donations of foods and other non-perishable goods from spectators.
Since it’s 1999 inception, the train has raised more than $9.5 million and collected more than 3.3 million pounds of food for pantries in both countries.