upporting our railroad communities has always been important to Anacostia, whether it’s donating to regional social services agencies or buying uniforms for the local Little League team. Anacostia communities are feeling the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our customers, business partners, neighbors, friends, and our own employees are affected by economic and medical issues. That’s why our corporate office and regional railroads have collectively donated $24,000 to help relief efforts at the community level during the pandemic.
— Peter Gilbertson, President & CEO, Anacostia Rail Holdings
Anacostia Rail Holdings — CHICAGO
We made four donations to local food banks that would have the highest impact in the region: to the north the Northern Illinois Food Bank was chosen; Catholic Charities of Joliet in the south; Aurora Food Pantry to the west; and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to the east.
Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad — MICHIGAN CITY, IN
CSS donated to the Michigan City, Indiana Salvation Army for regional needs.
Northern Lines Railway — ST. CLOUD, MN
NLR supported the first responders in its Central Minnesota communities with free meals.
Louisville & Indiana Railroad — JEFFERSONVILLE, IN
Focusing on six communities with hospitals, LIRC and Operation Lifesaver provided free meals for health care workers and first responders at local restaurants. LIRC also gave to Johnson County Senior Services, Our Hospice Southern Indiana, Community Provisions of Jackson County, Scott County Clearinghouse Foodbank, and Supplies Overseas for the organization’s local outreach.
Gulf Coast Switching — DAYTON, TX
Gulf Coast Switching provided meals for community first responders in both Dayton and Angleton, TX. It set up accounts at restaurants in each city to cover the costs of those meals.
New York & Atlantic Railway — GLENDALE, NY
NYA donated to Island Harvest, a food bank serving all of Long Island. The Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps received a cash donation and 400 PPE suits to help ambulance crews interacting with patients potentially infected with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Pacific Harbor Line — WILMINGTON, CA
Located near Long Beach, PHL organized three outreach programs. It provided meals for the Los Angeles Port Police. It also ran a meal program for the Wilmington Fire Department. And, it made a financial donation to the Saints Peter & Paul Church food pantry.