By Mark Bassett

Special to The Ely Times

The Nevada Northern Railway is offering residents and visitors alike a chance to give and to make new holiday memories. On November 10, the Nevada Northern Railway, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts are teaming up for the annual food drive. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be going door-to-door to collect food and will receive a free train ride from the Nevada Northern Railway as a thank you for their efforts.

“It’s definitely one of our most rewarding trains because we’re collecting food for the community’s food banks,” Mark Bassett, president of the railroad said. “The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is where it started. They go out and get donations of non-perishable items. This is our way to reward them for their efforts for the community.”

The public is also invited to participate in this program for a free train ride. All you have to do is bring a can of food per person to the Nevada Northern Railway Depot and receive a free ticket for Food Train on November 10th at 1:00 p.m. The combined efforts of the community, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, helps make sure that those in need have food as we head into the holiday season.

Bassett said the Community Food Drive train is one of highlights of the year. “It’s a fantastic effort,” Bassett said. “I think in any community, no one should go hungry, whether they’re adults or children. We’ve got a great community here with people who pitch in and help. This is one way that we work to help the community…Anything we can do to prevent anyone from going hungry, we want to do it.”