US Sugar Locomotive “Santa Express” Joins Toys for Tots in Delivering Holiday Gifts


The train delivered more than 2,000 toys to families near Lake Okeechobee.

For the second year in a row, US Sugar has activated its locomotive – the Sugar Express – in partnership with Toddler toys and the United States Marine Corps to deliver toys to families in central and southern Florida.

The train, which takes the “Santa ExpressNicknamed for the Holidays, has helped deliver over 2,000 toys to Glades, Highlands, Hendry, Martin and Palm Beach counties. This is more than double the production during last year’s effort, which was the first for organizations.

“This is our second year of operating the Santa Express and we couldn’t be happier to deliver these freebies to our friends and neighbors,” said Scott Ogle, responsible for the operations of Sugar Express. “What a joy it was to see the smiles on the faces of so many local children and their parents.”

US Sugar used the Santa Express to help Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus deliver gifts to the children of Belle Glade, Clewiston, Moore Haven and Lake Placid. The train ran its route last weekend as Christmas fast approaching.

“Thanks to the generosity of the people of US Sugar, hundreds of local children will experience the joy of Christmas and receive gifts this year,” said Nardina johnson, Co-chair of Hendry County Toys for Tots. “We are extremely grateful for all their support and for having always been so involved in our community. “

US Sugar worked with Toys for Tots in the past. The train is a relatively new edition for the toy giveaway, as the company has completed the restoration of its century-old steam locomotive in 2020 by associating with FMW Solutions.

US Sugar purchased the train in 1952. It was originally launched in 1920 to travel on the Florida East Coast Railroad and was used in 2020 – 100 years later – to bring a crop to an American candy. In October, US Sugar also used the locomotive to participate in its 90th annual sugar cane harvest.

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