Santa waves to onlookers as the 2010 Santa Train rolls through Appalachia.

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Volunteers on board the 2010 Santa Train prep the gifts for distribution.

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A child is delighted to see Santa at a stop on the 2010 Santa Train route.

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A woman watches gifts being handed out to the crowd at one of the Santa Train‘s 14 stops in Appalachia.

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A small boy looks through the gift bag he has just received from the Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo by Erica Yoon.)

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Santa Claus tosses gifts to waiting children during the 67th run of the Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo by Erica Yoon.)

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Santa Claus, along with celebrity guest Naomi Judd, tosses gifts from the back of the Santa Train at one of its 14 stops on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo by Erica Yoon.)

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Volunteers distribute gifts to the crowd while Santa hands out gifts from the back of the train during the 67th annual Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo by Erica Yoon.)

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Wynonna Judd and Santa Claus toss gifts from the back of the Santa Train at one of the 14 stops along the train’s route on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo by Erica Yoon.)

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Volunteers distribute gifts to the crowd while Santa hands out gifts from the back of the train during the 67th annual Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. (Photo by Erica Yoon.)

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Food City Spotlight

The first Santa Train distributed wrapped candy and posters from the train to Appalachian families along the route. Now in its 71st year, the Santa Train relies on event sponsors like Food City to help provide tons of snacks, toys and other gifts to distribute. For the last 20 years, Food City’s involvement in the

Santa Train Scholarship History Spotlight

The Santa Train is most recognized for its continual efforts in spreading holiday spirit among communities along the 110-mile route from Kingsport to Pikeville, Ky. But, the Santa Train and its sponsors aim to help Appalachian families in other ways as well. The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce awards the Santa Train Scholarship, a four-year scholarship

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