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A Train Ride For Charity

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The J&S Dreamland Express train runs all summer long on the weekends at Columbia Park in Kennewick, but Sunday all of the money collected went to charity.

The people running the Dreamland Express are all volunteers. None of the money goes to them, it goes toward keeping up the train and to local charities. Sunday all of the money passengers handed over went to the ELIMINATE program. It's an effort to wipe out the transfer of tetanus between mothers to their newborn children. The maternal and neonatal tetanus is not normally found here in the U.S., but it's a serious issue in other countries and third world nations.

"There's a three shot series that costs a $1.80," said John Lawson of Kiwanis club. "That's all it takes to prevent a mother from transmitting tetanus to their child."

So while the happy kids were hoping on for a fun train ride, they were unaware that the change in their pockets was making a change in another nation; saving the lives of other little kids somewhere far away.