Bundled up with their blankets and footed pajamas, children and families in Buckner International programs in East Texas launched the holiday season with a ride on The Polar Express last month.

The Texas State Railroad transforms each year into the train based on the popular children’s book and subsequent Tom Hanks animated movie where a child learns to embrace his potential during a magical train ride to the North Pole. This year, the railroad generously offered free rides for Buckner families on two special nights.

Families enjoyed caroling, hot chocolate, story time and a trip to the North Pole that included a visit from Santa.

The smiles on these faces say it all. Hope shines here!

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