- Grain Products – whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat crackers, bagels, hot & cold cereals, granola bars, muffins
- Vegetables & Fruit – canned fruit and vegetables, 100% fruit juice, tomato sauce, canned soup, tomato juice, applesauce, fresh (if storage available)
- Milk Products – dry milk powder, milk puddings, cheese spreads, fresh milk, yogurt, & cheese (if accepted)
- Meat & Alternatives – canned meat & fish, peanut butter, canned baked beans, dried or canned beans and lentils
Getting Ready To Ride The CP Rails
Hey again. I've been collecting food up and down my street and now I've already got all these bags of food to donate to the Daily Bread Foodbank, when the CP Holiday Train visits Toronto.
CP would like you to bring heart healthy food to the food bank to donate. People have heart disease and we're trying to cure it by giving them good food. Here's a list of heart healthy food you can donate when you visit the Holiday Train.
I am excited to be riding on the Holiday Train for my second time. I think I'll have as much fun as the first time. Here's a photo from my ride last year.
CP is having a photo contest. Five lucky winners each get tickets to ride on the Holiday Train. All you have to do is post photos of the CP Holiday Train. Here's a link to the contest.
Maybe I'll see you on the train!
On Monday I went to the Daily Bread Food Bank on a tour. I was showed around by Tyra. We looked at lots of different stuff.
First we walked down the hall and saw people sorting all different kinds of food including juice, carrots, fish, onions and other stuff like that.
We went because the CP Holiday Train is coming up and we were looking at what to donate. Here is what the food bank needs the most:
The food bank sends trucks to pick up the food from different stores and firehalls and even malls. They sort it and they put it into big boxes and they send it to other foodbanks around. While we were there we saw people picking up and dropping off food. The food bank also cooks some of the food. The main chef's name is Onu and he is a pretty good chef. He cooks a lot of food and then it gets shipped out.
There are lots of families who need food. I didn't know how many families there were who used the food bank but we'll try our best to help them. I'm going to collect food like I do every year and bring it to the Holiday Train. You can too and you can bring it to the Holiday Train or you can bring it to your local food bank.
The Last Spike
130 years ago today the last spike was planted in the ground of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was on November 7th, 1885 at 9:22 am in Craigellach, British Columbia. CP says the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was put into the ground by the CPR railroad financier Donald Smith. They were 6 years ahead of schedule. I am surprised that CP was 6 years ahead of schedule and it's still going to be 8 years until the crosstown subway is going to be finished in Toronto. Today I am thinking of people who died building the railway.
The last spike was made of iron. Even though the track was finished, the CPR didn't open until June 1886 because there was still work to do other than the track. The CPR was built to connect Canada from east to west and we're lucky they did that. You can read more about the last spike on CP's website. Here's the link:
Decorate and Donate
The holiday train is coming up soon and I am super excited.
I am going to go up and down my street again asking for food donations. We do this every year to collect food for the food bank. This year I will be donating the food to the CP Holiday Train that collects food and donations and brings then to the food bank. I will be visiting the Daily Bread Food Bank next week, so stay tuned for more on that. If you're collecting too, CP has some colouring and activity sheets that you can colour. Here is a link so you can print them out:
The train will be coming from Quebec and it will go across the country and be stopping at lots of places along the way. Look here for the details:
If you want, you can come out to see the band play. I really liked the band last year, called The Odds, and I hope this year's is as good.
If you're coming out to see the train, you can tape one of the colouring pages to the bag or box of food you're going to donate and that will make it look nice. I have to go work on mine right now.
Nathan is a 13 year-old boy who loves ALL trains. Especially freight trains. And especially CP Rail.