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NJ TRANSIT Santa Train Helps Hundreds of Kids Ring in the Holidays

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Hoboken NJ, The annual “Railmen for Children” ride with Santa by NJ Transit took place, serving a wonderful cause as over 300 less fortunate children, many with special needs, boarded the train at Hoboken Terminal.

The children embarked on NJ Transit’s Montclair-Boonton line, tracing Santa’s journey to Dover and back. The ride featured treats, festive decorations, and presents for the young passengers.

David Decker, the President of Railmen for Children, explained the heartwarming initiative, stating, “They supply us with wish lists, and we buy their present…Santa delivers them.”

Railmen For Children, an organization comprising train conductors and engineers, has been organizing this enchanting event for more than 40 years through annual fundraisers and charitable activities.

A dedicated founding member of the nonprofit, retired conductor Joe Phalon, emphasized that he never misses the chance to bring a day of holiday joy to the students, expressing, “I’ve been retired 27 years, but I come back to see the train car.”

 

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