FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2010
Contact: James Boswell
McNeely Pigott & Fox
KIDS WISH NETWORK JOINS AS CO-SPONSOR OF SANTA TRAIN
Organization Joins Longtime Sponsors CSX, Food City and
the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – CSX, Food City and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce today announced that Kids Wish Network has joined them as an official sponsor of the Appalachian holiday tradition the Santa Train.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the quality of life for children. The organization will play a key role in gathering toys to distribute to children who live across the 110-mile Santa Train route. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20.
“Our team at CSX has enjoyed collaborating with Kids Wish Network on events across the country, and we, and our partners at Food City and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, are thrilled that they have chosen to join us as sponsors of the Santa Train,” said Tori Kaplan, director of corporate citizenship and special events at CSX. “The work Kids Wish Network does for children across the country is remarkable, and we are honored to work with them.”
Kids Wish Network donated $130,000 worth of toys to the Santa Train last year and plans to contribute $200,000 to the Santa Train for the 2010 event.
“We were so happy to help out with this fantastic tradition last year,” said Barbara Askin, director of distribution at Kids Wish Network. “It was our organization’s first time to participate in a project in Appalachia, and we immediately wanted to become more involved. We’re looking forward to working with the other sponsors to make the 68th running of the Santa Train the best one yet.”
The Santa Train is an annual project that provides gifts, clothes and lasting memories to hundreds of children along the 110-mile train route between Shelby, Ky., and Kingsport.
For updates about the Santa Train, visit its Facebook page (The Santa Train) and follow @TheSantaTrain on Twitter.
About CSX Corporation
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 Eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company’s website, www.csx.com.
About Food City
Headquartered in Abingdon, Va., K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., operates 93 Food City and 12 Super Dollar Discount Foods retail outlets throughout the tri-state region of southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. K-VA-T ranked 39th on Progressive Grocer’s 2007 list of “America’s 50 Largest Supermarket Chains,” 55th on Supermarket News’ “Top 75 North American Food Retailers” (January 2007) and 269th on Forbes magazine’s “List of the largest privately held companies” in 2006. Visit Food City’s website, www.foodcity.com, for more information.
About Kids Wish Network
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. Headquartered in Holiday, Fla., Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for thousands of children all over the country since 1997. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.
About the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
The Kingsport (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit business organization comprising nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit www.kingsportchamber.org or call (423) 392-8800. We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.