For a few hours Wednesday, the front porch of the Eastman Road Food City grocery store was transformed into a dual assembly line where some 200 volunteers of all ages opened, packed, stacked and recycled with ballet-like precision. Their task, preparing much of the cargo for Saturday's 69th annual excursion of the Santa Train.
A joint effort of CSX Corp., the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Food City, the train is scheduled to make its traditional 110-mile trek distributing gifts at three stops in Eastern Kentucky, nine in Southwest Virginia, and Waycross on the Tennessee-Virginia line before returning to Kingsport. It began in 1943 as a way for Kingsport businesses to thank customers across Appalachia for their support. Continued