CTA Holiday Train Delivers Food Baskets to Families in Need

November 29, 2009

The Chicago Transit Authority today continued a holiday tradition by distributing 100 food baskets to local community groups. Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez, with the help of Santa and his elves, made the deliveries from the CTA’s Holiday Train to representatives from several community organizations at the Logan Square Blue Line station and the Pulaski Pink Line station.

CTA employees donated time and money to purchase the groceries and assemble food baskets. Each food basket contains all the ingredients for a complete meal including a canned ham, potatoes, mixed vegetables, muffin mix, macaroni and cheese, fruit cocktail, sweet peas, green beans and corn. This year the CTA is donating approximately 300 food baskets to 19 local community organizations, the deliveries take place on three separate days over the holiday season.

Organizations receiving food baskets today as part of this special delivery are: Casa Central, San Lucas United Church of Christ, Onward Neighborhood House, Seed of Abraham Christian Fellowship Ministry, Centro Familiar La Gran Esperanza, Lawndale Christian Reformed Church and the 4300 South Hermitage/Wood Street Block Club Coalition.

Now in its 18th year, the CTA Holiday Train is decorated with thousands of multi-colored lights and features a flatcar in the middle that carries Santa and his reindeer.  Car interiors are decked out with bows, garland, red and green lighting and hand poles wrapped to look like candy canes.

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