Team Santa Train Welcomes New Sponsor

Dignity U Wear, a national not-for-profit organization that provides clothing for children, women and veterans in need, has joined CSX, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce as an official sponsor of the 70th annual Santa Train.

Since its launch in 2000, Dignity U Wear has provided aid to almost 400,000 people, with more than 4 million pieces of clothing. The organization’s mission is to present clothing to those in need at the most needed times, whether it is for a job interview for an adult or the first day of school for a child.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside our fellow Santa Train sponsors to provide a wonderful experience to the children of Appalachia,” said Genelle C. Thomas, vice president of external affairs for Dignity U Wear. “We are honored to be part of the Santa Train tradition.”

Dignity U Wear will provide socks, gloves, hats and other winter wear to the children during this year’s Santa Train event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.

“The CSX team, along with Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, is thrilled to work with Dignity U Wear,” said Tori Kaplan, director of corporate citizenship and special events at CSX. “Dignity U Wear is an organization that does wonderful things for families across the nation, and we are honored to be working with them.”

The Santa Train is an annual project that provides gifts, clothes and lasting memories to hundreds of children along a 110-mile train route between Shelby, Ky., and Kingsport. Award-winning country music duo Thompson Square is this year’s celebrity guest.

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