Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) announced in September
that it would celebrate the 21st anniversary of its KCS Holiday Express program with a fundraiser to benefit The
Salvation Army in 21 communities on its U.S. rail network. To date this year, the KCS Holiday Express project
has raised nearly $120,000 for this cause. The company is now issuing a challenge grant to raise even more.
“On this Giving Tuesday, I am proud to announce that KCS will donate $2 for every $1 raised by the Holiday
Express project, up to an additional $100,000, between November 30 and December 10, 2021,” said KCS
president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “Please consider a gift to help The Salvation Army keep hope
marching on for families in need.”
The 21 communities that will receive the funds KCS raises for The Salvation Army include Kansas City and
Slater, Mo.; East St. Louis, Ill.; Pittsburg, Kan.; Ashdown and Mena, Ark.; Poteau and Stilwell, Okla.; Houston,
Laredo, Port Arthur, Victoria and Wylie, Texas; Baton Rouge, DeQuincy, Gonzalez and Shreveport, La.; and
Corinth, Jackson, Meridian and Vicksburg, Miss.
Special thanks to our major sponsors to date, including Bartlett, a Savage Company; Deanne Porter and
Patrick Ottensmeyer Family Foundation; Haverty Family Foundation; Husch Blackwell; Jim and Janet Kennedy
Charitable Trust and Google; Kansas City Southern Historical Society; Mi-Jack Products; RailPros; Watco; and
ZA Construction. A complete list of sponsors can be seen here on the KCS website. It is not too late for your
contribution to be recognized and for you to be listed among these generous individuals and organizations.
Over 20 years, the charitable component of the KCS Holiday Express project has raised well over $2.6 million.
Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2021 KCS Holiday Express fundraising
campaign may do so at https://donate.salarmymokan.org/KCSHolidayExpress2021.
In the first 19 years, the KCS Holiday Express train stopped in 20 or more communities in five or six states
between Thanksgiving and Christmas. At each stop, visitors could board the train, meet Santa and his elves
and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. These events did not take place in 2020 and will not
take place in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in
the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company,
serving the central and south-central U.S. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other
North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and
industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.