Kree Harrison Rides the Santa Train Through Appalachia

American Idol finalist helped distribute toys, clothes and food to area families.

photo by Ed Rode/McNeely Pigott & Fox PR

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Santa Train made its 71st 110-mile run through rural areas of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, where American Idol finalist and country singer Kree Harrison helped distribute over 15 tons of gifts and toys to families.

The occasion marked the second time Kree has been on the Santa Train—her first was back in 2001 when the singer was only 11 years old. Joining Kree on the train this year were organizations lending a helping hand such as CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and of course, Santa Claus himself.

“Being able to experience the Santa Train the first time was life-changing, but being able to come back 12 years later and see how much this event has grown, the number of families it helps and the joy it brings to these communities is truly something I will never forget,” said Kree.
 
In addition to the toys handed out on the Santa Train, warm clothes and food items were also distributed to thousands of families along the route.

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