A Sussex County tradition is celebrating 30 years of ushering in the holiday season and providing food on the table for county families in need.
Sussex County government is kicking off its yearly food drive in November and will highlight the drive during the 30th annual Caroling on The Circle, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown. The food drive will extend throughout November and December.
Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive, drawing hundreds of residents – along with the support of area schools, businesses and civic organizations – who turn out to sing Christmas carols and collect canned goods for area pantries, churches and food banks.
In 2012, the food drive collected more than 33,000 items for nearly a dozen organizations. Sussex County organizers are hopeful to collect just as many items this year, and are encouraging the public to do their part now to “Pack the POD” – a 14-foot-by-7-foot portable storage shed that will be set up at The Circle.
The historic Sussex County Courthouse Circle will serve as the backdrop for an evening of traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. Local singing artists Ed Shockley, Kevin Short and The Reminders will lead the event. Joining them to perform will be the Georgetown Middle School choir and the El Centro Cultural group.
Following the festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle. The event is free to attend. Participants only have to bring non-perishable food items for donation.
Food items will be collected that night, but donations can be dropped off from now until the end of December, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the county administrative office building, next to the courthouse, in Georgetown. Donations also can be made at the County Administrative West Complex, Route 113, in Georgetown, and at the Sussex County Airport terminal building on Rudder Lane, just east of Georgetown.
Caroling on The Circle will be held regardless of weather. In the event of rain or snow, it will be moved inside the fire hall on South Bedford Street. For more information, call 855-7700.