To the delight of local children, Santa Claus made himself available this week for two annual Christmas events in Georgetown.

To the delight of local children, Santa Claus made himself available this week for two annual Christmas events in Georgetown.

Monday’s dreary weather may have driven the 30th Annual Caroling on The Circle event indoors; but more than 300 people packed the Georgetown fire hall and brought with them more than 20,000 canned goods and nonperishable items for Sussex County’s community food drive.

“Despite the weather, we are thankful for every ounce of support our community has shown tonight and throughout this campaign,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson on Monday night. “So many people in this community can and will have a better holiday and winter season thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many Sussex County residents.”

Last year’s Caroling on The Circle event attracted between 700 and 750 people and brought in about 33,000 items for the food drive. Officials said this year’s drop can be attributed to rain, a still recovering economy and competition from other food drives.

“We see competition from other initiatives because there’s a lot of focus on this issue, and for good reason,” said Chip Guy, county spokesman. “That’s fine as long as people are donating and giving to those in need.”

Items will continue to be collected through the end of the month and can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the County Administrative Building on The Circle or the West Complex offices on U.S. Route 113, both in Georgetown.

A warm winter night had hundreds flock to The Circle on Thursday for the annual Georgetown Christmas Parade, hosted by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme was “A Hollywood Christmas” and the dozens of parade participants were asked to design their floats with a favorite Christmas movie or television show in mind.

A panel of judges awarded prizes to several floats and groups. Sussex County Bible Church’s float, titled “Silent Night, Holy Night” and adorned with snowy trees, won the Best Entry in Parade award.

Prior to the parade, Mayor Mike Wyatt named longtime Georgetown resident Bob Bryan as the town’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Bryan was nominated four times this year for his work with the Georgetown Little League and the Sussex Correctional Institution work release program, as well as his delivery of Christmas trees every year to hospice patients.

“Bill is always willing to give himself and you can count on his helping hand being extended to whoever is in need,” Wyatt said.

Humbled by the award, Bryan said he simply likes to stay active, as he retired in 1992 from Delmarva Power & Light Company. However, he did describe the award as “a right good honor.”