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Music Tracks on Train Tracks for a good cause

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Music and cheer filled the tracks near Oneonta's Damaschke Field Thursday, as the Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train stopped to give a quick show. Oneonta is just one of 150 communities in Canada and the United States the traveling band will perform for, all for a good cause.

"We're trying to shine a bright spotlight through this train on a very serious issue and that is the issue of hunger that is in all of communities. You know hunger doesn't recognize borders doesn’t recognize neighborhoods, it's impacted so many people," said Ed Greenberg for Canadian Pacific.

The shows encourage people to donate money and food to local anti-hunger programs. In Oneonta everything went to Opportunities for Otsego and their holiday food baskets.

"This event will help us tremendously we were actually behind this year," said Megan Stanley of Opportunities for Otsego. "We usually make about 400 baskets so we really need this food for the community."

The holiday train has been making the 3 week trip since 1999, each year adding more lights and hitting more communities.
New this year, Canada Pacific will also match each donation received to go to Hurricane Sandy relief.

"We just see the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors alive so much during the trains journey," said Greenberg.

The train headed to Cobleskill then Saratoga Springs Thursday. It will then end it's journey in Port Moody, British Columbia.

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