The joyous atmosphere and fun that accompanies the Dec. 6 Holiday Train stop in Wauwatosa has an altruistic twist in the form of feeding people in need.

The "All Aboard for Tosa Cares" Canadian Pacific Holiday Train appearance has become a huge source of donations for the local food pantry. In order to accommodate the large amount of incoming contributions brought by spectators, there will be three trucks parked in the village Tuesday, Dec. 6. The trucks will be located in the Harts Mills Parking lot (site of the Tosa Farmers Market), near the new bus stop at West State Street and North Harwood Avenue and in the parking lot east of the Chancery.

In addition to the trucks, organizations and businesses in various Wauwatosa locations are helping to fill the Tosa Cares shelves by placing food barrels near their doors. It is up to each individual business or organization to decide how long to allow the barrels to remain at the following locations:

  • Baskin Robbins; 1417 N. Wauwatosa Ave.
  • Be Spectacled; 7605 Harwood Ave.
  • Cafe Bavaria; 7700 Harwood Ave.
  • Cafe Hollander; 7677 W. State St.
  • Cattywampus Design; 6123 W. North Ave.
  • Chancery; 7615 W. State St.
  • Le Reve; 7610 Harwood Ave.
  • Metcalfe's: 6700 W. State St.
  • Mt. Zion Lutheran Church; 12012 W. North Ave.
  • Pick 'n Save; 1717 N. Mayfair Road
  • Ruby Tap; 1341 N. Wauwatosa Ave.
  • The Little Read Book; 7603 W. State St.
  • Wisconsin Athletic Club; 8700 W. Watertown Plank Road
  • Wauwatosa City Hall; 7725 W. North Ave.
  • Wauwatosa Fire Station #1: 1601 Underwood Ave.
  • Wauwatosa Fire Station #2; 4187 N. Mayfair Road
  • Wauwatosa Fire Station #3; 10525 W. Watertown Plank Road
  • Wauwatosa Library; 7725 W. North Ave.
  • Wauwatosa Police Station; 1700 N. 116th St.

The train is stopping in Wauwatosa for the second consecutive year after a pair of Girl Scouts from Longfellow Middle School, Michela Miller and Madison Sveum of Troop 1185, worked to have it stop in 2015. For their efforts, the two girls were awarded the Tosa Cares annual community service award, which seeks to recognize outstanding service to the food pantry.

The scout organization is involved again in 2016 as troops representing various grade schools have been collecting food and will be dropping it off at Tosa Cares, 12012 W. North Ave., the afternoon of Dec. 2. The troop that drops off the most weight in food will be honored in a ceremony to take place during the hour leading up the train's appearance. The train is scheduled to arrive at 4:45 p.m.

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