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Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church raises funds for Soup Kitchen

December 28, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Residents who attended the Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers Tuesday, Dec. 11, contributed plenty of food and funds to help The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative feed the hungry in Southwest Florida.

In excess of 1,200 pounds of non-perishable food along with generous financial contributions were collected at the 28th Annual Christmas Carol Sing, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The contributions will help support families in need during the holidays, according to event organizers.

"It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these economic times. The need has never been greater," said event founder Sam Galloway, Jr.

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Soloists Bill and Beth Filiowich with First Presbyterian Minister of Music Rev. Roger Peterson.

About 1,200 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, special guest soloists, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

In addition to the Christmas Carol Sing, the Galloway Family of Dealerships also annually sponsors Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing, to be held Feb. 5, at First Presbyterian Church. Both events benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative, which was founded by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers along with other churches in 1984.

The Christmas Carol Sing and Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing are major sources of support for Community Cooperative, which works to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County. Community Cooperative is an innovative nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 16,000 meals each month through its Community Cafes, Community Market, and Community & School Mobile Pantries as well as Meals on Wheels programs and offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers. A proud United Way partner, Community Cooperative serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers Beach.

For more information about Community Cooperative, call 239-332-SOUP or visit For more information about First Presbyterian Church, call 239-334-2261 or visit



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