Sussex County launches food drive, sets caroling date

Caroling on The Circle highlights Sussex County's annual food drive. (Photo: Sussex County government)
Caroling on The Circle highlights Sussex County’s annual food drive. (Photo: Sussex County government)

GEORGETOWN, DELAWARE (11/3/2016) Sussex County’s annual food drive is getting underway.

The event to help the less fortunate continues through November and December and is highlighted with the 33rd annual Caroling on The Circle set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in downtown Georgetown.

In 2015, the food drive collected more than 23,000 items for nearly a dozen organizations. Sussex County organizers are hopeing to collect as many items this year, and are encouraging the public to help to “Pack the POD” – a 14-foot by 7-foot portable storage shed that will be set up at The Circle – with items for local food pantries.

County Administrator Todd F. Lawson said, “Sussex County is an overwhelmingly giving community, no matter the need or the time of year. But it really shines during the holiday season. That generosity has certainly taken some of the worries off the tables of countless families in our community over the past 33 years of the Caroling on The Circle program. Just like those families in need, we’re thankful for every ounce and canned good of support the community has given and continues to give.”

The  evening will include traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. Georgetown’s own Sky Brady will host the event, which will feature local singing artists Kevin Short and Ed Shockley. Also joining in the performances will be the Georgetown Middle School and Sussex Central High School choirs and the El Centro Cultural group.

Following the festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle. The event is free to attend. Participants only have to bring non-perishable food items for donation.

Food items will be collected that night, but donations can be dropped off  until the end of December, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the County Administrative Offices building, next to the Sussex County Courthouse, in Georgetown. Donations also can be made at the County Administrative Offices West Complex, U.S. 113, in Georgetown, and at the Delaware Coastal Airport terminal building on Rudder Lane, just east of Georgetown.
Caroling on The Circle will be held regardless of weather. In the event of rain or snow, it will be moved inside the fire hall on South Bedford Street. For more information, call 302-855-7700.