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27th Annual Christmas Carol sing set for Dec. 5
November 10, 2017

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Celebrate the holidays and help feed the hungry by singing at the 27th Annual Christmas Carol Sing, sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships, Tuesday, Dec. 5, at First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers, between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue.

Admission is free, although 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 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

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.

Community Cooperative is an innovative nonprofit organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. It provides more than 15,000 meals each month through its Community Cafs and Meals on Wheels programs, distributes more than 500,000 pounds of groceries through its Mobile Food Pantries, and serves 6,500 individuals and families with homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers.

A 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.

The church has been a strong supporter of the agency from the beginning and continues to support its ministry there by providing volunteers and other support for The Soup Kitchen and the Meals on Wheels program.

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

There is a strong rumor that Santa Claus will be making a surprise visit for the "children in all of us."

Tin addition to the Christmas Carol Sing, the Galloway Family of Dealerships also annually sponsors Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing, to be held February 6, 2018. Both events benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative.

Last year, Community Cooperative received more than 5,000 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.

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