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Railway Museum inspired to help homeless pets

The Southeastern Railway Museum is helping young Ryder Woods raise donations for homeless pets by offering donors a free ride on the museum’s popular park train.

Ryder is celebrating his third birthday in the party cars at the Southeastern Railway Museum on Saturday, but instead of asking for birthday gifts, he is encouraging guests to bring donations of pet food, blankets, toys and other animal necessities to be donated to the Humane Society of Forsyth County, which is a no-kill facility.

According to a press release, the staff and volunteers at the Southeastern Railway Museum have embraced the idea of shelter donations. The museum will provide a spot for the donations during the party, and is also helping by offering a free park train ride for donors.

“When we heard what Ryder is doing, we wanted to make sure we did our part,” said Randy Pirkle, Southeastern Railway Museum Administrator. “Any visitor to the museum that day who brings a donation for the shelter will get a free ride on the park train.”

Visitors will still need to pay the price of admission to enter the museum, but those who bring a shelter donation will receive a free ticket to ride the park train, which normally costs $2 per person. Ryder’s party is on March 15, and the free ride offer is good only on that day.

Donations should be items from the Humane Society of Forsyth County wish list, which is available on forsythpets.org. For more information about the Southeastern Railway Museum, visit southeasternrailwaymuseum.org.