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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Grammy Award winner Patty Loveless will once again ride the rails as the special guest on the 2007 Santa Train, a holiday project that benefits children in the Appalachia region, co-sponsored by Abingdon, Va.-based Food City (K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.), CSX Transportation, and the Kingsport, Tenn. Area Chamber of Commerce.
This year marks the 65th journey of the Santa Train through 14 stops in Appalachia, one of the region's most anticipated holiday traditions. On Nov. 17 the Santa Train will travel through three states (Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee), distributing 15 tons of toys and gifts to thousands of people.
Loveless, a native of Pikeville, Ky. -- where the 110-mile trek of the Santa Train begins -- received gifts from the Santa Train as a child. Her past experiences with the annual event led to her participation as the Santa Train celebrity guest in 1999 and again in 2002. Loveless chronicled the experience in a song she wrote titled "Santa Train," on her 2002 "Bluegrass, White Snow: A Mountain Christmas" album.