Celebrate the holidays and help feed the hungry by singing at the 28th Annual Christmas Carol Sing. The annual event is sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships.
The Christmas Carol Sing will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, at First Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 2438 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers, between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue.
Admission is free. Organizers request voluntary donations of at least two cans of non-perishable food for The Soup Kitchen, 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. They will be at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.
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, especially with so many people still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irma. 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. Community Cooperative 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.”
Last year, Community Cooperative received 6,000 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 First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers is located at 2438 Second St. in downtown Fort Myers.
First Presbyterian Church was founded in 1901. It continues to be an integral part of Lee County by presenting some of the area’s most well-attended events. These include “Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing” in February as part of the Edison Festival of Light, and the “Christmas Carol Sing” in December.
Both events benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative, which was founded by First Presbyterian Church, along with other local churches, in 1984. Services are offered Sundays at 11 a.m. with Sunday Adult Education from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.