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Mrs. Edison’s Hymm Sing set for Feb. 7

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Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing Tuesday, Feb. 7 at The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of Second Street and Lee Street.
It’s the 33rd anniversary of the hymn sing, which is sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the event, two performances are planned at 1 and 4 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, especially after Hurricane Ian,” 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 28,000 meals each month through its Community Cafés, Meals on Wheels programs and school programs, distributes more than 2.5 million pounds of groceries through its Mobile Food Pantries and feeding programs, and serves 9,000 individuals and families with homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers. A proud United Way partner, Community Cooperative serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers Beach and north Collier County.
“The need has never been greater with so many people struggling after the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. The food that is donated will go immediately to those in our community who desperately need it,” said Dr. 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.
This year’s event will feature the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and many other singers, along with a piano-organ combination.
For more information, call 334-2261 or visit online at www.fpcfortmyers.org.
For more about Community Cooperative, call 239-332-SOUP or visit online at www.communitycooperative.com.


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