The train brings toys and Christmas gifts to distribute at 14 stops throughout the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Of course, Santa came along for the ride, plus a number of volunteers from the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Food City, Appalachian Power, and Soles4Souls.
Skaggs, who grew up in rural Kentucky, said that the more than a hundred mile trek was a moving one that warmed his heart.
“I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I just knew we were gonna be giving away toys, backpacks, clothing and food to the folks in the mountains, but those precious faces I saw gave me more than I gave them. A very moving event. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
CSX was totally professional and prepared. 75 years! Then you have Santa! Awesome!”
Well done, Ricky, and all the volunteers and sponsors!