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KINGSTONâ€“This Thanksgiving as commuters come home for the holidays at the Kingston Train Station, they may be greeted by the Friends of the Kingston Station, a volunteer group that helps passengers find their way.
For the past nine years, the Friends of the Kingston Station, a 36 year old volunteer group has been offering hospitality services on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday of Thanksgiving Day week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The group works with the national railroad safety group, Operation Life Saver with the goal of making it fun and safe for passengers leaving from and arriving at the Kingston Station.
The Friends assist over 1,500 passengers get sent off for the Thanksgiving holiday and safely back to the Amtrak station in Kingston. The Friends offer assistance to passengers by giving directions, helping with luggage, loaning a cell phone, finding a cab, redirecting a lost or confused traveler or by comforting a worried parent of a college student who may be traveling alone for the first time. The group also opens up the Rhode Island Railroad Museum in the West wing of the station to entertain passengers.
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