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Huge crowd ushers in holiday on The Circle

Caroling event also serves as county-wide food collection
Dec 06, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Christopher Francisco, 7, plays the drums to accompany the St. Michael's Catholic Church youth choir.

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.

Santa Claus is surrounded by excited children as he is escorted to the event by Frank Shade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Reminders (l-r) John Neel, Ed Shockley and Kevin Short, play a set during Caroling on the Circle with the Sussex County Courthouse in the background. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Donna Koskey, Georgetown Volunteer of the Year, pushes a button to light the town's Christmas tree on The Circle. She was presented with the award by Georgetown Mayor Mike Wyatt. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of St. Michael's Catholic Church youth choir are always a hit at Caroling on the Circle. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Rebecca Wilson of Georgetown sings "Oh Holy Night." (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
As many as 750 people crowd around The Circle to take part in the 29th annual even to usher in the Christmas season. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of Lyra Marquense sing traditional Christmas songs in Spanish. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Volunteers help to pack the pod with food to be distributed throughout the county. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sussex County elected officials gather on the stage to lead the singing of Christmas songs (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Sussex County Courthouse is bathed in colors of the holiday. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Dec 06, 2012 08:28

Couldn't make it Ron. Thanks for taking us there with pictures. Feliz Navidad.



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