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Holiday Train Rolls Into Town

The Candian Pacific train made it's annual stop in Scranton Tuesday night
Scranton, Lackawanna County - Even though most of us are still getting ready for Thanksgiving Dinner, a lot of kids are already probably looking forward to Christmas.

That's because a holiday train made it's annual stop in Scranton on Tuesday.

"I'm here to see the train," Abigail Ralston, a 3-year-old from Clarks Summit, said.

Ralston and her family, along with hundreds of others, were at the Steamtown Railroad to see the train that's become an annual fixture this time of year in the Electric City.

Every year the Canadian Pacific train makes a trek across the country to raise awareness about hunger and giving back during the holidays.

The first stop for the train is in Scranton.

This year marks the 15th year the train is making the journey. In that time the train, which is 14 cars long and comes with thousands of led lights, has grabbed some pretty devout followers.

Tracy Baumgardner, a Scranton resident, told Eyewitness News her family makes it a priority to see the train every year.

Every family, who takes a look at the moving display, is asked to bring either a canned good or monetary donation that stays in the community.

"With the reduction in food stamps just this past year and a projected reduction in the next few months the families are really hurting in this community," Michael Hanley, the Executive Director of United Neighborhood Centers, said. "So, this really helps to feed hungry families over the holiday season."

All the money and food collected in Scranton goes to the United Neighborhood Centers.

Even though the weather was wet and cold it didn't seem to dampen the heart of those looking to have some fun and give back.

"The weather doesn't matter," Baumgardner said. "They (my kids) come down every year. They freeze, it's in the snow, we're in the rain. There are a lot of people here. I don't think the weather is going to stop anyone from coming. "

In addition to the donations they collected officials with Candian Pacific also donated an extra $4,500 dollars to United Neighborhood Center in Scranton.
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