Holiday Train Rolls into QCA - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Holiday Train Rolls into QCA

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:32:10 GMT
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trail against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trial against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
  • Teen Accused Of Setting Muscatine Apartment On Fire

    Teen Accused Of Setting Muscatine Apartment On Fire

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:46:44 GMT
    A teenager is facing serious charges in connection with an apartment fire in Muscatine. According to the Muscatine County Attorney, 16-year-old Benjamin Phillips is accused of setting the fire to the twoMore >>
    A teenager is facing serious charges in connection with an apartment fire in Muscatine. According to the Muscatine County Attorney, 16-year-old Benjamin Phillips is accused of setting the fire to the twoMore >>
  • Another Dog Declared Vicious In Bettendorf After Attack On Woman

    Another Dog Declared Vicious In Bettendorf After Attack On Woman

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:31:26 GMT
    Sara Smith of Bettendorf charged after dog biteSara Smith of Bettendorf charged after dog bite
    Another dog has been banned from Bettendorf. It stems from an incident earlier this week when a group of dogs got lose from a home in the 3200 block of Westmar and one of them attacked a woman. PoliceMore >>
    Another dog has been banned from Bettendorf. It stems from an incident earlier this week when a group of dogs got lose from a home in the 3200 block of Westmar and one of them attacked a woman. PoliceMore >>

As the holiday season approaches, a holiday tradition continues.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled through Davenport this afternoon bringing with it, music, Santa, and perhaps most importantly, a symbol of hope.

Over the last fourteen years, the Holiday Train has helped raise $6.4 million and 2.6 million pounds of food for the needy in Canada and the US.

Thursday, $4,500 was donated directly from Canadian Pacific to Churches United, a QC organization dedicated to helping those in need.

Anne Wachal, Program Manager for Churches United, set up a food drive is association with the train's arrival.

Everyone who came to see the train was asked to bring an food item or a cash donation.

 "I can tell ya, we have truck loads of food, we are full from floor to ceiling."

Hundreds of people young and old came to enjoy some good ol' fashioned holiday fun, including a rock band playing holiday favorites such as: Jingle Bells, Little Drummer Boy, and Come all Ye Faithful.

"It's Canadian Pacific's way to get communities to give back by stopping. And to sponsor a food drive and provide some entertainment for our communities." Said Bridget Rivera, representative of Canadian Pacific.

And with their departure, many people are already looking forward to the next time it comes through, including Wachal.  

"It's always a huge success. We love Canadian Pacific coming in and as I said to the crowd, as soon as they leave, I'll be asking them to come back."