Train Experiences for Homeless and Foster Children:
Railmark has seen an explosive growth in these types of train experiences as families are making them a part of their annual holiday family traditions. Although these family holiday train experiences make lasting memories with the children, as these are occurring, children are in the same communities living in state supported homes for homeless children and in foster homes for those children placed in foster care. These children are alone and without permanent families during the holiday season and unable to enjoy the holidays like most other children. Railmark believes that as many homeless and foster children as possible should have the same wonderful holiday experience. Since 2006 Railmark has provided wholesome and meaningful holiday train experiences to hundreds of homeless and foster children. But more should be done and with an exposure of this effort, we hope to keep this number rising. Railmark has witnessed firsthand that these children are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to take part in a meaningful holiday train experience and for most of them it is their first experience in riding a train. These children have stated that the holiday train experience provided by Railmark was the most special event that they have ever witnessed in their lives and through these efforts Railmark provides unique holiday experiences to those children who might not have otherwise had the opportunity. Railmark feels that the worst thing for a child is to both be without a permanent family during the most special time of the year. With your help we can do more.