Volunteers help prepare the Santa Train

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - It's that time of year again! The Santa Train will be making its way through our area, and stopping in Kingsport.

Volunteers were at the Food City on Eastman Road Wednesday, where they were prepping the gifts that will be handed out.

Hundreds of containers were filled up Wednesday, all from the help of volunteers. "We literally have hundreds of people that want to get involved with this," says Santa Train Coordinator Jamie Horton.

This is the seventieth year the Santa Train will be making its way through our area, and it's a tradition many people follow. "Many, many years. I'm 65 and I've been with the train, my children, my step-children, grandchildren," says volunteer Roy Mullins. 

But first, it takes a lot of work to get it all prepared, and that's why these people are here. "We got Dorito chips, we've got cakes, and we've got these special things the senior citizens made for the kids, they're little booties," says volunteer Pam McCarty. We've learned that's not all. They also have toys, books, and clothing -- all donations from the community.

Horton continues, "We have some that'll be thrown from the back of the train, and that's just our food items we have donated and the small plush toys."

Horton tells News 5 volunteers will continue to do this for years to come. "Everybody that has ever joined in on santa train love it and want to keep coming back," he said.

The Santa Train will come through this Saturday, November 17. The train has 14 stops on its 110-mile journey.

Thompson Square will be the celebrity guests in Kingsport.

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