The Santa Express stops in Millboro and Goshen

On Saturday, December 10th at 10:30 in the morning Santa will roll into Millboro on the Buckingham Branch Railroad Santa Express. Sant will disembark the the train to meet with good little boys and grils and their parents where he will pose for pictures, give out candy canes and share holiday good wishes. Tom McCraw, Commandant, Rockbridge Patriots Marine Corps League and Toys for Tots coordinator for Eastern Bath County and Goshen explained The Toys for Tots Santa Express has become a popular annual event thanks to the generosity of the Buckingham Branch Railroad. The Buckingham Branch underwrites the entire cost of the train, and the employees on the train volunteer their time on the day of the event. Without them this would not be possible.” The train pauses in Millboro between 10:30 and 11:00 and then moves on to Goshen stopping at 11:30. It also stops in Craigsville at 12:30 and Staunton at 2:00.

Unwrapped gifts may be brought to the Santa Train Location where representatives of the Rockbridge Marine Corps League Detachment 1351. Toys for Tots will accept the donations to be included to be included in the Toys for Tots distributions for Christmas 2016. Other Toys for Tots Santa Express donation locations are in Bath County at the Millboro General Store, Oak Ridge Station, and in Goshen at the Dollar General, BG’s2, the Goshen Library, Goshen Fire Department and the Goshen Town Hall.

In 1995 the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots program has distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million less fortunate children.

For more information about the Santa Express, or how to donate to this year’s Toy Drive, Tom McCraw can be reached at 540-969-7273.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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