CLEWISTON –The Santa Express rolled into town Dec. 7 with Santa and his helpers on board. The Christmas joy ride was merry and bright thanks to the People of U.S. Sugar and historic steam engine No. 148.
Kids were smiling from ear to ear as they caught a glimpse of the man in red with the long white beard. They also brought Santa letters to take back to the North Pole. The magic of Christmas filled the air at toy stops in Belle Glade, Clewiston, Moore Haven, and Lake Placid.
“Each year, so many children benefit from the generosity of U.S. Sugar and their employees,” said Margaret England, MT4T Coordinator for Hendry County. “When the Santa Express delivers the toys, it brings joy and hope to these kids and memories to last a lifetime.”
This annual event is in partnership with the United States Marine Corps and Toys for Tots and brings thousands of toys to children across South Florida’s sugarcane and vegetable farming region.
“This is our fourth year operating the Santa Express and it gets better every year,” said Scott Ogle, operations manager for Sugar Express. “We are grateful for the opportunity to deliver these gifts to our friends and neighbors and to see the excited and happy faces of families across the Glades area.”
The Santa Express is a community project developed by U.S. Sugar and its Sugar Express tourism train, and Ag-education train, which currently operates several times per year. For more information about future trains, please visit www.sugarexpress.com.