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KCS Holiday Express will not run in 2021; fundraising will continue

By | September 13, 2021

Train sidelined by pandemic for second straight year; Salvation Army effort will benefit 21 communities

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Flatcar decorated to look like steam locomotive, covered with holiday lights
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The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express, shown in Shreveport, La., in 2015, will again be sidelined this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fundraising to benefit the Salvation Army will continue. (Hayley Enoch)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Southern will hold a fundraising effort to benefit the Salvation Army to mark the 21st anniversary of its Holiday Express program, but the Holiday Express train will not run for a second consecutive year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“While it’s still not safe to gather for visits with Santa and tours through the train,” KCS CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer said in a press release, “the true stars of the show are the Salvation Army and the work it does all year round.”

The 21 communities that will receive funds raised are Kansas City and Slater, Mo.; East St. Louis, Ill.; Pittsburg, Kan.; Ashdown and Mena, Ark.; Poteau and Stilwell, Okla.; Houston, Laredo, Port Arthur, Victoria and Wylie, Texas; Baton Rouge, DeQuincy, Gonzalez and Shreveport, La.; and Corinth, Jackson, Meridian and Vicksburg, Miss.

Over 20 years, the charitable component of the KCS Holiday Express project has raised well over $2.6 million. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2021 KCS Holiday Express fundraising campaign may do so at the Holiday Express web page. More information is also available at that page.

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