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Winter scenes are seen illuminated on the side of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it stops at River Side Park in Muscatine in 2018. The train will not be coming to Muscatine and the Quad-Cities this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bassist Jack Syperek, left, and guitarist John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews perform together aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine in 2018.

The CP Holiday Train, which previously visited Muscatine and the Quad-Cities in 2016 and 2018, spreads awareness for food insecurity and helps support food banks across the northern U.S. and Canada. Each year, hundreds donate food and money to local food banks during the event.

In a news release, Keith Creel, president and CEO, said they understood the challenges COVID-19 has created for food banks and communities and will continue to help through the “spirit” of the Holiday Train program.

“It is our honor to continue to donate to communities across our network this year, even if the train itself will not run,” Creel said. “We will have the Holiday Train rolling again, spreading Christmas cheer, as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

CP will host a virtual concert in lieu of the concert typically held on the train at each stop. Details will be posted at www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train.

The Holiday Train has attracted thousands to its stops in Muscatine and the Quad-Cities. In 2018, CP made a $4,000 donation to the Salvation Army of Muscatine County.

“I’m sad, for sure. It’s an amazing experience that really brings communities together as it travels around doing such good things,” said Mayor Diana Broderson, who rode on the Holiday Train during its 2018 visit.

“It’s a huge resource to the local food pantries that we have here in Muscatine, and we will miss that,” she said. “This is going to be a different kind of year. It has been all year, and just because the holidays are coming on us doesn’t mean that (the pandemic) is going to be forgotten about.”

Broderson encourages the community to spend time cherishing their loved ones and to give back to their community as the holiday train has.

“We love the Holiday Train and everything that they represent and do for the communities that they drive through, in more ways than one,” she said. “They really do bring that Christmas spirit with them. The Holiday Train has helped us remember to give to others for quite some time, and we will miss them being here physically this year, but we know they’re doing all that they can virtually to still support us, and we thank them so much.”

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Recording artist Willy Porter performs aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train with Canadian rock band, The Trews.

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Ares Jackson, 3, of Muscatine sits atop Shawn Jackson”s shoulders as the two clap along to music by The Trews, a Canadian rock band, at River Side Park in Muscatine.

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Winter scenes are seen illuminated on the side of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it is stopped at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday.

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Family and friends gather to listen to a performance from aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Bassist Jack Syperek, left, and guitarist John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews perform together aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Canadian Pacific engineer Chad Johnson presents a check for $4,000 to Cristian Lopez for the Salvation Army of Muscatine at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Muscatine mayor Diana Broderson speaks from aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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The Trews guitarist John-Angus MacDonald performs aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Harper Petersen, 11 months, of Muscatine watches the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train pull up at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Decorative lights are seen on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train while it is stopped at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Spectators watch as the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train pulls up to stop at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Dane Daufeldt, 4, of West Liberty watches the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train arrive at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Passengers disembark from the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to watch the show at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Bassist Jack Syperek of The Trew performs abroad the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Recording artist Willy Porter performs aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train with Canadian rock band, The Trews, at River Side Park in Muscatine, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Isabella Twitty, 11, and Hunter Costas, 6, of Muscatine smile together while watching the performance on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Shelly Wilson of Muscatine holds Grant Howell, 2, while watching a performance aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Kids and families gather to watch a show aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Muscatine mayor Diana Broderson speaks from aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Bassist Jack Syperek, left, and guitarist John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews perform together aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Colin MacDonald performs aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train leaves River Side Park in Muscatine after a show on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Audra Daufeldt of West Liberty watches the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train with her son, Wesley, 5, at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Recording artist Willy Porter performs aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train with Canadian rock band, The Trews, at River Side Park in Muscatine, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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The Trews guitarist John-Angus MacDonald performs aboard Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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The Trews perform aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at River Side Park in Muscatine on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Colin James and Kelly Prescott perform on a fold-out stage from the side of a train car Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train arrives in Davenport on Saturday to put on a show for families and raise awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Ashten Truitt, 5, sits atop his father Andy”s shoulders Saturday, waiting for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to arrive in Davenport. The Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Canadian performing artist Kelly Prescott sings holiday songs Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Santa Claus hands out candy canes and talks to children during the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train appearance Saturday in Davenport. The train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Children climb on the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train after it stopped for a show Saturday in Davenport. The Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Members of the audience watch the show Saturday as the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stops in Davenport. The Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch gives a few remarks aboard the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it is stopped in Davenport. The Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

The side of a train car side opens up to form a stage for performers Kelly Prescott and Colin James on Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Leah Ryan of Canadian Pacific hands out candy canes to children Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Santa Claus passes out candy to children Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Families gather at the rear of the train to pose for photos Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

Canadian performing artist Colin James, right, plays for a crowd Saturday in Davenport. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon, putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visited Davenport Saturday afternoon putting on a show for families and raising awareness about hunger in the Quad-Cities along with Churches United of the Quad-City Area.

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