A Great American Tradition: Kids Wish Network Teams Up with Santa Train Bringing Much-Needed Joy to Appalachia

Holiday, FL – While fulfilling their mission to spread joy and create happy memories for children experiencing life-altering situations across the United States, national children’s charity Kids Wish Network is working diligently to bring over $300,000 worth of toys and gifts to the Santa Train to be distributed among the thousands of impoverished children of the Appalachian Mountains, making this the best Santa Train ever.  Kids Wish Network joined long time sponsors CSX, Food City and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce on the Santa Train team this year.

Every year for the past 67 years, CSX has conducted an unbelievably generous charitable event for the people of the Appalachian Mountains called the Santa Train. This is an event in which an actual CSX train loaded with toys, gifts and volunteers travels through the Appalachian Mountains from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee to deliver presents directly into the hands of the needy children who live in these isolated areas. The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Food City also are well-established sponsors for the train.

This Santa Train is highly anticipated in Appalachia and it has also become a beloved and great American tradition that is being passed down from generation to generation; for many of the families who come to meet the Santa Train, it is their only Christmas.

With over $300,000 worth of toys and gifts being lovingly packed into age-appropriate gift bags at Kids Wish Network’s headquarters in Florida, the deserving children in the Appalachian mountains have even more to be excited about this year, considering that every one of these toys and gifts come from some of the nation’s leading toy manufacturers and distributors.

Another exciting aspect of this year’s Santa Train sure to brighten everyone’s spirits is the attendance of famous Appalachian singers Naomi and Wynonna Judd.  The amazing mother and daughter duo will be helping to distribute the toys and gifts to the children awaiting the wonderful Santa Train.

“Sharing the joy of the holiday season with children who are growing up in a place so close to my heart is something that I am so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to do,” said Wynonna. “Participating in the Santa Train with my mother makes it even more special to me.”

And now, thanks to CSX, Kids Wish Network, and everyone else involved with the amazing Santa Train, over 5,000 deserving children will have a little bit more with which to celebrate the holiday season this year.

If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciatedKids Wish Network is happy to announce that all donated items will be shipped via free freight within the United States. For more information, please call (727) 937-3600 or toll free at (888) 918-9004.
For more information on Kids Wish Network please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.