County residents ready to sing for others' suppers

Georgetown’s annual Caroling on the Circle is set for Monday evening, Dec. 3. The 29th annual Caroling on the Circle is part of a tradition hosted each year by Sussex County government, with an eye toward fun, fellowship and a good cause.

Each year, the County holds a holiday food drive that is kicked off at the event, which brings together people to share in the season by singing Christmas carols.

The event draws hundreds of residents, along with the support of area schools, businesses and civic organizations who come together to sing and to collect canned goods for area food pantries, churches and food banks.

Last year, they collected more than 29,000 items for more than 10 organizations, and officials said they hope this year to collect even more. The camaraderie is something county officials said they are looking forward to, especially this year.

“This is an event so many people look forward to each year, because it does a tremendous amount of good and has a real impact,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.

“We know there are residents — our friends, our neighbors, even people in our own families — who are still struggling in this economy. This year some families may be struggling even more with a lost job or recovering from Superstorm Sandy. So it’s just as important as ever that we all do what we can to make this a success and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

County officials stated that the Food Bank of Delaware’s Hunger in America Study of 2010 found that 241,600 Delawareans received assistance at some point, through that program alone.

Just four years prior, the number had been approximately 90,000 — making for a nearly 60 percent increase from 2006 to 2010.

According to the Food Bank of Delaware, “More than one in four Delawareans have depended on emergency food access through the Food Bank of Delaware’s network of hunger-relief partners.”

Attendees will be treated to traditional and Spanish Christmas carols, and, of course, Santa will be there. Local singing artists Ed Shockley, Kevin Short and The Reminders will lead the event and will be joined by the Georgetown Middle School Choir and El Centro Cultural.

Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available at the Georgetown fire hall, one block south of The Circle, after the event. Participants are only asked to bring non-perishable food items for a donation.

Food items will be collected that night, but additional donations can be dropped off until the end of December, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the County Administration Building, next to the courthouse, on The Circle in Georgetown. Donations also can be made at the County’s West Complex, on Route 113 in Georgetown.

The caroling event will take place regardless of the 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.