---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Canadian Pacific Holiday Trains, one of which passed through the North Country last month, collected more than $1 million in Canadian currency and 400,000 pounds of food in 2012.
The train that chugged through Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Plattsburgh and Rouses Point drew crowds of children and adults alike to celebrate the holidays and experience the season of giving.
At each of their stops, which included more than 150 across the United States and Canada between the end of November and Dec. 18, Holiday Trains gathered donations of food and money to benefit community food shelves in both countries.
The Holiday Train program donated $250,000 to Feeding America this season to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy, a press release said.
Since the program’s inception in 1999, the trains have collected a total of 3 million pounds of groceries and $7.4 million to aid with efforts to reduce hunger in Canadian and U.S. communities.
By attracting the public with a light show, live musical entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus, the brightly decorated Holiday Trains draw larger crowds every year as they strive to spread awareness of hunger issues, the release said.