Annual Mrs Edison’s Hymn Sing on Feb. 8

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Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of Second and Lee streets.
It’s the 32nd anniversary of the hymn sing, which is sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, two performances are planned at 1 and 7 p.m. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Admission is free, but because of the increased need for food for the hungry, organizers are requesting that those who attend bring cans of non-perishable food and a voluntary cash donation, if possible, to benefit Sam’s Community Kitchen & Cafe of Community Cooperative.
“We need to help The Soup Kitchen by donating as much canned goods and cash as we can to help families who most need it in our community,” said the Rev. Dr. Paul deJong of First Presbyterian Church.
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 22,000 meals each month through its Community Cafés, Meals on Wheels programs and school programs, distributes more than 750,000 pounds of groceries through its Mobile Food Pantries, and serves 9,000 individuals and families with homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers.
Mrs. Edison’s Hymn 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.
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.
This year’s event will feature the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and many other singers, along with a piano-organ combination.
For more information or directions to the church, call 334-2261 or visit For more about Community Cooperative, call 239-332-SOUP or visit at


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