For the second consecutive year, Maine Eastern Railroad will join with the News Center teams at WCSH-6 and WLBZ-2 for the annual Coats and Toys for Kids Day season kick-off with a special train on Saturday, Dec. 3.
As an added treat, News Center’s “Storm Center” celebrity, Togus the Cat, will be along for the ride. As he did last year, Togus will ride the train from Brunswick Station to Rockland Station, with a stop at Bath Station. Collection boxes will be at each location, and Togus will be available for photos and cat chat. Togus belongs to News Center reporter Don Carrigan. The subject of a book released earlier this year, “Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home,” the 26-pound Maine coon cat has become famous for his appearances on the Maine’s NBC affiliate stations during stormy winter mornings.
Togus will greet visitors onboard Maine Eastern 8-9 a.m. at the station in Brunswick, 16 Station Ave.; 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the station in Bath, 15 Commercial St.; and noon-12:25 p.m. at the station in Rockland, 4 Union St.
Fans of the friendly feline are invited to spend time with Togus at any of the three train stations, when they drop off new and lightly used children’s coats and new, unwrapped toys. The visit with Togus does not include a train ride, and the train will not accept passengers that morning. Families will meet Togus and enjoy hot cocoa provided by the Maine Energy Marketers Association.
In addition to Maine Eastern Railroad, several organizations collaborate annually on the Coats and Toys for Kids Day program, including MEMA, Shaw’s and Hannaford supermarkets, Pratt-Abbott Cleaners, Pepsi and The Salvation Army.
Maine Eastern Railroad also will run the annual Kiwanis Jingle Bell Express on Dec. 3 in Rockland, with the first train departing at 4:30 p.m. from Union Street station. For information, call 596-6725, or visit maineeasternrailroad.com or rocklandkiwanis.org.