Huge crowd ushers in holiday on The Circle

Caroling event also serves as county-wide food collection
Christopher Francisco, 7, plays the drums to accompany the St. Michael's Catholic Church youth choir. BY RON MACARTHUR
December 6, 2012

Sussex County’s food pantries will be a little more full this holiday season thanks to hearts full of good cheer. More than 750 carolers sang in the holidays during the 29th annual Caroling on The Circle Dec. 3, singing traditional and Spanish carols and to help collect more than 26,000 canned goods and other non-perishable food items.

Monday night’s caroling event, along with other collections helped this year’s preliminary total top 26,000 items, down slightly from the 29,000 items collected in 2011. The collection effort will continue through the end of this month, so the final number could go higher.

The public can drop off canned goods and nonperishable food items from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the county administrative office building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown, or the county's West Complex offices on Route 13, Georgetown.

Participating groups include county council; county employees; Steve Class/Colonial East; Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association; First State Manufactured Housing Association; Fuqua, Yori & Willard; Little Einstein Preschool; PATS Aircraft Systems; Punkin’ Chunkin’ Association; Sussex County Association of REALTORS®; Beacon Middle School; Georgetown Elementary School; Georgetown Middle School; H.O. Brittingham Elementary School; Howard T. Ennis; Long Neck Elementary School; Milton Elementary School; North Georgetown Elementary School; Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences; and Sussex Technical High School

Food will be donated to 12 area pantries, shelters and church organizations for distribution within Sussex County.