Toddler wins railroad coloring contest
by By Iris Hunter
David McDonald, 3, claimed the prize for the second annual “Stay Back From the Tracks!” coloring contest cosponsored last week by the Hamlet Depot & Museums and Operation Lifesaver.
This is the second time that Operation Lifesaver has teamed up with Hamlet Depot & Museums for the coloring contest.
“I could not have done this without Operation Lifesaver because they are at the heart of this contest,” said Miranda Chavis, manager of Hamlet Depot & Museums.
David won a bike that was donated anonymously, a locomotive and a gift bag filled with various toys, including a coloring book, T-shirt, teddy bear and Frisbee, which were donated by The Hamlet Depot & Museums and Operation Lifesaver.
The toddler’s name was randomly drawn out of a vase by Jim Graham, president of the Hamlet Depot & Museums Board, and Sam Ballard, board vice-president.
Ashley McDonald, mother of David, said, “He likes to ride bikes. He was very touched and pleased.”
Chavis mentioned that just like last year’s winner, David’s picture will be framed and be placed on the wall in her office.
According to Chavis, there were about 500 coloring books handed out this year and about 100 entries that were actually entered.
“We had about the same turnout as we did last year,” she said. “I am really glad that people enjoyed it.”
“The best part of giving out coloring books is so that kids can enjoy trains and enjoy them safely,” said Chavis.
John Daniels, presenter trainer for Operation Lifesaver, trains individuals who want to become presenters. Operation Lifesaver presenters take the safety program to churches, transportation companies, schools, etc.
“Operation Lifesavers gives the general public an idea of what happens if they are not observant around the tracks,” said Daniels, who was on hand for the naming of the coloring contest winner.
Chavis declared this year’s contest a success and is eager to see next year’s entries.
“We are really looking forward to hosting the event next summer and hope that everyone will come out and participate again,” she said.
— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.
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