Annual Christmas Carol Sing returns on Dec. 7

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Celebrate the holidays and help feed the hungry by singing at the 30th Annual Christmas Carol Sing sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships, First Presbyterian Church and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media.
The Christmas Carol Sing will be Tuesday, Dec. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second St. 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, two sing-alongs are planned at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.
Community Cooperative is an innovative nonprofit organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in the community.
The Christmas Carol Sing was founded by the late Sam Galloway, Jr., who made feeding the hungry part of his life’s work and was one of the founders of Community Cooperative.
“On this 30th anniversary of the Carol Sing that Sam founded, it seems only appropriate that we continue the tradition in his memory,” said First Presbyterian Pastor Dr. Paul deJong.
Cash donations are especially needed because Community Cooperative can buy five times as much food for the same amount of money that residents spend at local grocery stores.
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.”
In 2019, Community Cooperative received 2,800 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


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