The season of giving is nearly here, and Sussex County is asking the public to give something of themselves to help those who are less fortunate.
Sussex County government this week kicks off its yearly food drive for community food banks, and will celebrate that effort during the 36th annual Caroling on The Circle at 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 for hungry families in Sussex County, 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 2018, the food drive collected almost 31,500 items for nearly a dozen organizations. County officials aim to collect as many or more 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 on The Circle. Since its inception in the 1980s, Caroling on The Circle has raised more than 700,000 items for local food pantries.
The historic Sussex County Courthouse and The Circle will serve as the backdrop for an evening of traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. WBOC TV’s Jimmy Hoppa will emcee this year’s event, which will feature local singing artists Kevin Short and Ed Shockley. Also joining in the performances will be the Georgetown Middle School, Mariner Middle School, and Sussex Academy choirs, as well as 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 nonperishable 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 Sussex County administrative offices building, 2 The Circle, next to the courthouse, in Georgetown. Donations also can be made at the county west complex off Route 113, Georgetown, and at the Delaware Coastal Airport terminal building on Rudder Lane, 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 302-855-7700.