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Translink Press Release: Stuff a Skytrain with Food

Making it easier to give this holiday season

Wondering how you can support needy families in your community this busy holiday season? BC Rapid Transit Company (responsible for SkyTrain & West Coast Express commuter rail service) with support from Lamar Transit Advertising is proud to team up with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and Surrey Food Bank to make it easier for our passengers to give this holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, SkyTrain passengers are invited to drop off a non-perishable food item, monetary donation, and/ or an unwrapped gift as part of the second annual BCRTC ‘Help Us Stuff a Train for the Food Bank’ event.

From 6AM-7PM, drop off boxes will be located at TVM levels at the following SkyTrain Stations:

  • King George,
  • Scott Road,
  • Metrotown,
  • Lougheed,
  • Commercial-Broadway,
  • Burrard, and
  • Waterfront.

Passengers can also ‘hand off’ donations to BCRTC volunteers aboard the ‘Moving Forward, Giving Back’ train (image above) which will be picking up donations during non-peak service throughout the day. The train’s capacity is 40,000 lbs which could help feed 31 families for 1 year! So get on board Dec. 2nd and ‘Help Us Stuff a Train for the Food Bank.’

The inaugural ‘Help Us Stuff a Train for the Food Bank’ event happened on the first day of last winter’s record breaking snowfall and yet SkyTrain passengers and BCRTC staff still managed to donate 8,000 lbs of food and about $1,200 in cash effectively ‘stuffing’ about a quarter of the train.

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