KINGSPORT, Tenn., Nov 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Burgeoning superstars Keifer and Shawna Thompson of the country music duo Thompson Square will join Santa Claus and volunteers from CSX, Food City, Kids Wish Network and the Kingsport (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce aboard the 69th annual Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 19.
For many Appalachian families, the Santa Train represents the traditional commencement of the holiday season. Each year, representatives from the train's four sponsors distribute more than 15 tons of toys and other gifts to thousands of people gathered at 14 stops along the train's 110-mile route through Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. This year, Kids Wish Network donated more than $500,000 worth of toys, the largest donation in the history of the event. Continued