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All aboard the Santa Train

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  It's a spectacle you have to see to believe.

Instead of reindeer, police cars, fire trucks and rescue vehicles line the street.

Bells are replaced with sirens.

And this black limo acts as Santa's sleigh.

All to make sure no child is forgotten.

It's reactions like this that make it all worthwhile.

“Once you do the Santa Train, it gets into your heart and you can't stop doing it. It's a family tradition for us now,” Clay Ingle with the Forgotten Child Fund said.

Erica Mayweather lost everything in a fire. Santa made his first of 12 stops here to make sure her kids got the Christmas they deserved.

“I never thought I'd be able to do this. My kids, I didn't know what I was going to do after the fire,” Mayweather said.

This year, The Forgotten Child Fund had more children than ever. Three of those include. Mark, Rebecca and Haley Lockhart. They lost both of their parents in a fire one month ago.

“My little daughter was dancing and jumping and going and blowing and hollering and so was my boy, he was wanting to jump out of the fence,” Gary Patterson said.

Despite losing so much, the Santa Train made sure these kids experienced Christmas. Three boxes stuffed with skateboards, Frozen characters and teddy bears.

And more volunteers you can count, showing what Christmas is all about.

I can't say good enough things about everything that's done this. But we've got to move along and we've got to raise these children,” Patterson added.

The Forgotten Child Fund helped 8,900 kids this year.
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