CTA President Rides Holiday Train to Bring Food to Families in Need

December 4, 2010
Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez today boarded the CTA’s Holiday Train and distributed food baskets to local community groups—in continuation of an agency tradition. With Santa and his elves in tow, Rodriguez made the deliveries to representatives from several community organizations at the Logan Square Blue Line station.
Every year, CTA employees enthusiastically embrace the spirit of the holidays and donate time and money to purchase the groceries and assemble the 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, green beans and corn. This year the CTA is donating approximately 300 food baskets to 16 local community organizations, the deliveries take place on three separate days over the holiday season.
Organizations receiving food baskets today as part of the special delivery are: New Life Community Church, Liberty Christian Center, Humboldt Park Social Services and the Spanish Coalition for Housing. Following the visit at Logan Square, Santa and the Holiday train will continue to the Pink Line’s 18th Street station to deliver food baskets to the Cook County Juvenile Probation Program and Mujeres Latinas en Accion.
Now in its 19th 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.  Holiday music is played inside, adding to the festive atmosphere.

La CTA entrega comida para familias necesitadas en el tren festivo

El Presidente de la Chicago Transit Authority Richard L. Rodríguez continúa una importante tradición de entregar canastas de comida en la comunidad en el Tren Festivo de la CTA. Junto con Santa Claus, Rodríguez repartió las canastas a representantes de varias organizaciones en la estación de la Linea Azul de Logan Square.
Con entusiasmo y en el espíritu de las celebraciones festivas, los empleados de la CTA donan su tiempo y su dinero para comprar y preparar las canastas. Cada una de estas canastas contiene todas las cosas para una comida entera. Dieciséis organizaciones comunitarias recibirán 300 canastas sobre tres días.
Las organizaciones que hoy recibieron las donaciones de comida: New Life Community Church, Liberty Christian Center, Humboldt Park Social Services y Spanish Coalition for Housing. Despues de la visita en Logan Square, Santa Claus viajara en el Tren Festivo por la Línea Rosada hasta  la estación de la 18 para entregar más comida al Cook County Juvenile Probation Program y a Mujeres Latinas en Acción.
Ahora en su año decimonoveno, el Tren Festivo de la CTA esta decorado con miles de luces festivas. Santa Claus estará en el centro del vagón para poder saludar al público. El interior del tren tiene decoraciones y música festiva para que los viajeros los puedan disfrutar.
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