Why I Volunteer at the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

“Above all, I like to imagine the hundreds of Vermont kids whose lives will be improved by programs funded through the Polar Express event.”   Stephen Kiernan

When my sons were small, I loved reading them bedtime stories: the quiet, close time, watching their imaginations work. That’s why each December the Polar Express event is so much fun for me. I get to read to hundreds of kids. The book tells a touching story about the importance of imagination. As I’m reading, I like to picture all those children going home with a warm memory of hearing the story and meeting Santa. Above all, I like to imagine the hundreds of Vermont kids whose lives will be improved by programs funded through the Polar Express event.

 


 

"We absolutely love this event For our family it is a chance to provide joy to so many children. It is an event where we all can do our part regardless of our ages."  Barry Genzlinger

If you have taken a ride on the Polar Express over the past 17 years, chances are you have had your spirits lifted by a member of the Genzlinger Family.  Hundreds of volunteers donate their time and good cheer for one joy filled weekend and no family is more devoted than the Genzlinger Family.  

Each December, as children and families have boarded the Polar Express in Burlington, the Genzlinger Family has been preparing behind the scenes for the train’s magical arrival to the North Pole.  Three generations of the family volunteer as elves, our storyteller and Mrs. Claus.   The event would not be the same without their compassion and devotion. 

On behalf of the nearly 55,000 children who have experienced the magic of the Polar Express, we tip our elf hats and offer a jolly and heartfelt thank you to the magnificent Genzlinger Family!! 


 

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride photos courtesy of Stephen Mease Photography.

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