I have a feeling that between Nov. 10, 2009, when I put up my first post about the 2009 Santa Train, and Dec. 25, 2009, you will all know more than you ever imagined you would know about our famous Santa Train. The train made it’s 67th run this year, traveling 110 miles through the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, handing out 15 tons of toys to the thousands of children waiting by the tracks at 14 stops – would not be possible without many hours of hard work from a lot of extremely dedicated people.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the crew this year. Well, part of the media that rode the train – but also one of the elves that got to help pass out gifts to the kids waiting along the tracks at Waycross, Va. And, I was one of the people who got to ride the train with Wynonna, this year’s celebrity guest.
I’ve put up a lot of pictures and information about this event, but I wanted to get this interview up for all of you, too. As you can tell listening to Wynonna, this meant a lot to her. She enjoyed what she was doing, and she really wants to help all these children who live in the area where she lived as a child.
I just can’t thank the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, CXS Railroad, Food City, and everyone involved in this fantastic event for allowing me to be a part of it this year. If you haven’t read all the posts here in Country’s Chatter about The Santa Train, what it is, where it goes, and what it does for the children every year, I hope you will go back through the November 2009 archive and read about it.
I videoed the interview below while on The Santa Train with Wynonna. All you have to do is watch, and listen to know what a hard-working, caring woman she is. I was glad she talked about the kids, because I’m certain Gracie and Elijah had a great time passing out the toys to the thousands of children waiting.
Wynonna was kind enough to give all of the members of the media, and all the volunteers on the train a personally autographed copy of her Christmas CD. It was certainly a day I will never forget. And I am hoping I get to be part of this trip again in 2010.
With all that said, I hope you guys are well on your way to tree-trimming, gift buying, package wrapping, and just getting ready for the Christmas season. As for me, I have to get ready for work. Have a great Wednesday everyone. I’ll talk to you all real soon!