Strong crowd and donation support for Holiday Train visits in Lansing and New Albin ...

Having waited three years since its last visit due to COVID-19 concerns, large crowds greeted the colorfully decorated Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at both its stops in Lansing and New Albin Wednesday evening, December 7, as depicted in the surrounding photos. Those attending were treated to musical entertainment by performers Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott, along with other holiday activities put on by community members, businesses and organizations.

Canadian Pacific Railroad presented a donation check to the food pantries serving each of the communities hosting a Holiday Train stop, with a donation of $4,000 to be shared by the Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) and the Allamakee County Food Shelf in Waukon presented at the Lansing stop (top photo at right) and a donation of $4,000 to the Way Station in New Albin also presented at the New Albin stop, where New Albin Mayor Alberto Whitlatch shared a message of gratefulness and holiday tidings from the stage of the train (bottom photo at right) with a crowd estimated to number approximately 3,000 people.

In addition to the proceeds donated by Canadian Pacific, those in attendance also made both monetary and food donations at each stop. Visitors to the Lansing event donated 997 pounds of food and just under $1,100 in cash donations, with those amounts being evenly split between the Allamakee County Food Shelf and LIFT. The New Albin Holiday Train event yielded 590 pounds of donated food and just over $6,100 in cash donations from the public in attendance. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.