Sussex County is kicking off its yearly food drive and will celebrate the effort during the 30th Annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in Georgetown.
Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive for hungry families in Sussex County, drawing hundreds of residents who turn out to sing Christmas carols and collect canned goods for area pantries, churches and food banks. In 2012, the food drive collected more than 33,000 items for nearly a dozen organizations.
Residents are urged to help "Pack the POD," a 14-foot by 7-foot portable storage shed that will be set up on The Circle, with food items for local pantries.
As always, Caroling on The Circle will feature an evening of traditional and Spanish carols as well as a visit from Santa Claus. Local singing artists Ed Shockley, Kevin Short and The Reminders will lead the event. Joining them to perform will be the Georgetown Middle School choir and the El Centro Cultural group.
Following the festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available for all at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle. The event is free to attend.
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 County Administrative Building on The Circle. Donations can also be made at the County Administrative Offices West Complex on U.S. Route 113 in Georgetown, and at the Sussex County Airport terminal building on Rudder Lane, just east of Georgetown.
Caroling on The Circle will be held regardless of the weather. In the event of rain or snow, it will be moved inside the fire hall on S. Bedford Street. For more information, call (302) 855-7700.