The Care Train History
When Dave Laslow realized in 1987 that there were children within Union County not able to experience what most of their classmates and neighbors did during the holidays, his passion was immediately ignited to do something about it.
“Back then my children were young and just starting school, we recognized families that were experiencing financial hardships preventing them from having traditional holiday meals and for some children – even being told Santa just couldn’t make it this year.
The Care Train took off from there. This is the time of the year when giving to others is at its highest awareness and contagious. It’s a time to reflect on your blessings and the great year you’ve had. I thought,
‘Maybe we can’t fix everything, but what if we could have toys under the tree for every child and food for the family during the holidays?’
It just might show them enough hope and love from their community that someday, when they’ve overcome their hardships, they too can join the Care Train to help the next family or neighbor in need. So I started by putting out a large cardboard box to collect toys at my Burger King restaurant. Little did I know how far we’d come today!”
– Dave Laslow, Sr. Founder of The Care Train