Creston residents will once again be treated being a stop by the Canadian CP Holiday Train, which will pull in behind Millennium Park At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, December 12, and all are invited to come down and enjoy the festivities as well as the incredible musical talent and entertainment on the outdoor portable stage.
This year’s featured performer is Terri Clark, a Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Canadian Country artist!
This year marks the 21st season of the CP Holiday Train. The Creston community has been fortunate to have seen the CP Holiday Train by in 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017 and now in 2019!
There are two trains that start their journey in Montreal on November 25, and visit approximately 150 communities on their cross-continent journey.
Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than $15.8-million and 4.5-million pounds of food for North American food banks. Everything raised in a community stays in that community.
This year, CP will be presenting a cheque to the local Creston Valley Gleaners Food Bank to get everyone into the spirit of giving!
Creston Mayor Ron Toyota has issued his Mayor's Holiday Challenge to raise a minimum of $6,000 to support the local food bank and the Ministerial Christmas Hamper programs.
"In past years, over $25,000 has been raised for these two indispensable programs," he said. "I will personally be donating $500 to these worthwhile causes and it is my challenge to everyone to contribute what they can. You can mail or drop off your 'Mayor’s Holiday Challenge' donation to my attention at Town Hall. Tax deductible receipts are available for donations $20 or greater, just let us know if you need one. I look forward to sharing the results of this challenge with you all!"
Creston Town Hall is located at 238 10th Avenue North, Creston, mailed Mayor’s Holiday Challenge donations should be addressed to Mayor Ron Toyota, Crestyon Town Hall, Box 1339, Creston, BC V0B 1G0.
The mayor also takes this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the many local business owners and residents who organize and participate in other local fundraising initiatives, during this time of the year and otherwise.
"Together, we really can make a difference! I am especially appreciative of the many volunteers who donate their time and kindness to our community," he said. "You are the heart and soul of what makes Creston so wonderful. Thank you for all that you do! On behalf of myself and my family, Merry Christmas to you and yours! Wishing you all the best for the holiday season and for the upcoming year ahead!"