Saskatchewan town reaps kudos for Christmas kindness

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SPY HILL, Saskatchewan — Canada's prime minister is joining a chorus praising residents in a Saskatchewan hamlet who opened their homes to VIA Rail Canada passengers stranded in the cold on Christmas day with local wind chill temperatures falling to less than minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

VIA Rail's eastbound Canadian lost heat early on Dec. 25 finally stopping near the border with Manitoba letting off 98 passengers in the community of about 300. According to Toronto's The Star, Spy Hill residents came in with trucks to unload luggage from the train and used their own vehicles to shuttle residents to a nearby hall where VIA cooks and residents started making breakfast. A family that had rented the hall for a Christmas party moved to a nearby curling rink.

Passengers and townspeople were singing Christmas carols together by the afternoon before VIA arranged bus transportation for the travelers to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and to final destinations.

"From a setback into something special. What a story — Canadians always find a way to help each other out,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tweeted recently.

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