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24th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Dec. 9 in Fort Myers

November 14, 2014
Special to The Breeze (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Residents, both young and old, can celebrate the holidays by singing together to help feed the hungry at the 24th Annual Christmas Carol Sing, presented by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships.

The Christmas Carol Sing will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second St., in downtown Fort Myers, between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue.

Admission is at least two cans of non-perishable food for The Soup Kitchen (Everyday Caf and Marketplace), operated by Community Cooperative, and a voluntary cash donation, if you can.

Because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, three sing-alongs are planned at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

First Presbyterian's pastor, the Rev. Paul deJong, is urging the community to help with canned goods and cash donations to help those in need.

"We need to help The Soup Kitchen by donating as much canned goods and cash donations as we can to help families who are still struggling to survive through this prolonged recession," he said.

Community Cooperative provided food and other services to 10,250 people last year with the help of partner agencies, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank and United Way.

"There are even more families who need our help. Do what God would want you to do and give what you can," Rev. deJong said.

Community Cooperative was started by First Presbyterian Church in 1984 to help alleviate hunger and suffering in Lee County. The church has continued to support its ministry there by providing volunteers in The Soup Kitchen and delivering hot meals to home-bound seniors.

Hymn Sing organizer Sam Galloway Jr. has made feeding the hungry part of his life's work.

"Our community has done so much to help our neighbors, but we need to do even more. If we each just gave the equivalent of what we would spend on a meal - either at home or in a restaurant - those few dollars could feed a family of four for an entire week." Galloway said.

Galloway said cash donations are especially needed because Community Cooper-ative can buy five times as much food for the same amount of money that residents spend at local grocery stores.

Residents who cannot attend any of the Christmas Carol Sing performances may donate canned goods at either the Galloway Ford dealership on Boy Scout Drive or the Coconut Point Ford dealership on U.S. 41 in Estero or mail donations to Community Cooperative, P. O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902

The Christmas Carol Sing is a festival of holiday music and family fun. This year's 90-minute performance will feature the First Presbyterian Church Choir, soloists and other special guests singing favorite holiday carols with audience sing-a-longs.

There is a strong rumor that Santa Claus will be making a surprise visit for the "children in all of us."

The Christmas Carol Sing is the third of three hymn sings sponsored annually by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing in February and A Midsummer Night's Sing in July. All three events benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative.

Last year, Community Cooperative received more than 2,500 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items from the Christmas Carol Sing. The food was immediately distributed to those in need.

For more information, call First Presbyterian Church at (239) 334-2261 or visit www.fpcfortmyers.org.

About Community Cooperative

Since 1984, Community Cooperative has worked to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County with headquarters in Fort Myers, satellite offices in Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach, and mobile services throughout greater Lee County. Clients range from shut-ins, homeless families and individuals, to the working poor and children.

In addition to serving upwards of 200,000 meals each year through Community Cafes and Meals on Wheels, it provides comprehensive life coaching and homeless services, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and provides emergency food to hungry school children and their families through the Growing Healthy Kids School Pantry and Backpack Programs.

The agency partners with United Way, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Lee County School District and regional community foundations as well as with community and service groups, churches, businesses and other support organizations.

 
 
 

 

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