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NJ TRANSIT And Ronald McDonald House Host Holiday Polar Express
NEWARK, NJ –NJ TRANSIT’s River LINE transformed into a magical “Polar Express” ride for the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey on Saturday, December 1st. The special holiday program, now in its second year, expanded this year with an additional light rail train to accommodate more families battling childhood illnesses.
“Creating a magical day for the kids from the Ronald McDonald House is such a special event for us during the holidays,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett. “We are proud to be a part of an event which allows children to be kids and briefly put aside the health challenges they endure. I thank all of the NJ TRANSIT employees and others who volunteer to make this heart-warming experience such a success.”
Families were accompanied to the light rail station by the Camden Fire Department. Guests were greeted on the platform by a live band and given a golden ticket before boarding the “Polar Express” where they were immersed in a simulated winter wonderland inside the light rail vehicle decorated by volunteer elves who also lead the caroling. Later, Santa paid a surprise visit to the “Polar Express” with goodies for children to enjoy this holiday season.
The “Polar Express” ride departed the Waterfront Entertainment Complex at 11:30 a.m. for its approximate two-hour festive ride between Camden and Burlington South.
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