Annual BNSF Holiday Express Pays Tribute to Military Families in Southeast

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Annual BNSF Holiday Express Pays Tribute to Military Families in Southeast

While on board the BNSF Holiday Express, military families from the Springfield area met Santa and received a commemorative holiday ornament.

While on board the BNSF Holiday Express, military families from the Springfield area met Santa and received a commemorative holiday ornament.

During the Springfield, Mo., Holiday Express $10,000 checks from the BNSF Railway Foundation were presented to the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund and the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Regional Greater Ozarks Chapter’s Service to Armed Forces Grant Program.

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About 350 riders boarded BNSF Railway’s Holiday Express passenger train at Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 3, as the annual train trip, a tribute to families of the U.S. military, got underway. Other stops included Jonesboro, Ark., on Dec. 4, Memphis on Dec. 5, Amory, Miss., on Dec. 6, and the final stop at Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 7.

During the five-day train trip, approximately 2,000 members of military families took part in the event. In addition, the BNSF Railway Foundation donated $100,000 to organizations that offer support to military members and their families. Since the Holiday Express’ inaugural trip seven years ago, the BNSF Railway Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to organizations that support the troops and their families and has donated $3.5 million to the USO.

“The Holiday Express gives BNSF an opportunity to honor military families and those who serve our country as we usher in the holiday season,” said Carl Ice, BNSF president and CEO, at the Springfield stop.

While on board the Holiday Express, families will enjoy special holiday snacks, receive a commemorative holiday ornament and be visited by Santa. 

 

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