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Updated: January 26, 2013 6:12AM

This holiday season, people driving near Metra’s Northwest line (from the Loop to Harvard) might have seen the colorful Operation North Pole train car pictured at right. There are two such cars. They will remain wrapped and in service through the holiday season.

The cars were wrapped with holiday graphics for a special event on last month that gave 75 local families with children suffering from life threatening illnesses an early holiday adventure and a day of fun.

Tim Crossin, Operation North Pole treasurer and one of founders of the non-profit organization along with President Barb Dabler, said “Our idea is to give kids with a life threatening disease a day off to have fun.” Operation North Pole is an all- volunteer organization said Crossin, a retired fire fighter and paramedic. “We depend heavily on public safety personnel.”

The children and their families boarded the holiday decorated train cars at DesPlaines for a ride to the North Pole (Crystal Lake). Along the way the children enjoyed such activities as tree decorating, face painting, games and refreshments. At local stops, the Operation North Pole train was met by members of local organizations such as fire and police departments, Girl Scouts and community residents. On the station platforms, people sang Christmas carols to the children. Upon completion of the trip back in DesPlaines all of the departing families received a gift

Last year the Operation North Pole chartered one train car. This year Dabler and Crossin petitioned Metra for two train cars to rent for the day-long event. “We wanted to do something unique, said Dabler, an ER nurse at Advocate Lutheran Hospital, “We asked Metra, You ever wrap a train car?”

The pair were directed to Clear Channel, the advertising company that does all of the advertising on Metra trains. Clear Channel gave the job of printing and installing the holiday wrap on the cars to Elgin-based Daxam. FLEXcon, a Massachusetts company, donated the film to be printed for the job. Said Crossin, “Everybody worked together for kids who may not see another Christmas.”

At its Elgin facility, Daxam manages and installs advertising/logo film on vehicles such as semi-trailers, delivery vans, automobiles and now, trains.

After the graphics were printed, Daxam installers installed Operation North Pole graphics on the outside and inside of the two cars. “I’m very sure we’ll do it again next year,” said Daxam’s National Accounts Manager Wojtek Drobek. “It’s a very good cause. Next year, we’ll wrap four cars.”

Said Crossin of Operation North Pole, “We’re proud of what we do. We rely on the community to come together to help others. It’s all about helping somebody else, not yourself.”

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