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Posted: November 20, 2013

Get your first gift of Christmas: Volunteer aboard the Polar Express

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Remember when we were small – before we knew all the ins and outs of the world – and we still believed in silly things? Things like magic and flying reindeer and Santa, who could apparently perform the most impossible of feats and deliver presents to every boy and girl in the world in a single night. Crazy talk. And we believed it.

I miss those days.

Being a “Santa believer” never lasts. One minute we’re falling asleep at our bedroom window listening for the sound of hooves on the roof and the next minute we’re rolling our eyes at every hint of the holidays because it’s all a big commercial scam anyway.

But if we could get a little bit of that holiday magic back, wouldn’t we want to? And if we could give it to someone else – someone small who hasn’t stopped believing yet – shouldn’t we? Yes and yes.

Just such a chance awaits aboard the Polar Express.

This holiday season, the Narrow Gauge Railroad in Portland will be taking children and families on an unforgettable train ride. The Polar Express ride reenacts the story by Chris Van Allsburg complete with Santa, elves, hot chocolate, and the first gifts of Christmas.

And Take Action Portland (T.A.P.) is looking for volunteers to be Chef Elves aboard the train on Dec 8. (NOTE: The T.A.P. opportunity on Dec 8 has filled up, but Narrow Gauge still needs volunteers for other days: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between Nov 29 and Dec 22, as well as Monday, Dec 23. Volunteers will hand out cookies, sing carols, and help Santa hand out silver bells. And all the while, they’ll be getting something pretty cool in return: A heaping dose of old-school Christmas spirit.

No experience needed (but you were a kid once, right? You have experience), but you’ll want to register with T.A.P. right away so they know you’re coming. This event is likely to fill up fast, so don’t procrastinate this like you sometimes do with your holiday shopping.

FMI on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Polar Express:
www.mainenarrowgauge.org/polar-express/

If you need inspiration, watch “Becoming Santa”

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