There’s nothing like having a fun family day out, except for when those special memory-making moments can also help those less fortunate at the same time. Now you can enjoy a Day Out With Thomas while you give back.

Based on the popular series and toys, Thomas & Friends, a Day Out With Thomas is a family event that gives kids of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. The event, which takes place all summer at locations across the country, has now partnered with United Way of Genesee County to roll out an initiative called the All Aboard for School Supplies Drive.

photo: Courtesy of Day Out With Thomas

Visitors to select Day Out With Thomas event are invited to donate school supplies that will be given to pre-K students affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan this August. Those who donate will earn a “Thomas & Friends Global Citizen Badge” for their support. Thomas the Tank himself will be present to donate the school supplies collected to the students in Flint.

The Day Out With Thomas events participating in the All Aboard for School Supplies Drive are:

  • Green Bay, WI:  National Railroad Museum: June 12-16
  • Strasburg, PA: Strasburg Rail Road:  June 22-30
  • Union, IL: Illinois Railway Museum: July 13-14 & 20-21
  • Felton, CA: Roaring Camp Railroads: July 26-28 & July 31-Aug 4
  • Flint, MI:  Crossroads Village & Huckleberry RR: August 16-18 & 23-25

Even if you can’t attend an event, you can still make a donation by mailing a package to:

United Way of Genesee County
111 E Court Street #3A
Flint, MI 48502
ATT: Thomas & Friends: All Aboard for School Supplies Drive

Tickets to the Day Out With Thomas event are available here.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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