Sussex County salutes Caroling on The Circle food drive participants

GEORGETOWN – Community-based efforts to help those in need drew a tip of the hat Tuesday during Sussex County Council’s meeting.

Millsboro Middle School was honored by Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent and county leaders Tuesday with a plaque for collecting 3,267 items in the county’s Caroling on The Circle food drive.

Sussex County government Feb. 6 recognized participants in the county’s annual Caroling on The Circle food drive, which continues throughout much of the holiday season.

Representatives from several organizations and businesses as well as students from participating schools received recognition plaques.

Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent stands with students and representatives from Georgetown Elementary School, which collected 1,754 items in the county’s Caroling on The Circle food drive.

A total of 27,772 food items were collected in the 34th Caroling on The Circle drive and distributed to local food banks earmarked for the less fortunate, said Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson.

“It takes a collaborative effort between county employees and volunteers as well as several groups that are represented here today. We want to express our true appreciation for your willingness to step up and participate in our annual event,” said Mr. Lawson,” said. “We look forward to your participation next year.”

Among the schools recognized: Millsboro Middle School, which collected an amazing 3,267 food items; Georgetown Elementary School (1,754 items) and Sussex Central High School (572).

Millsboro Middle School wound up No. 2 on the overall donation list.

Perennial Caroling on The Circle food drive supporter First State Manufactured Housing Association of Delaware led the way with a $1,335 donation and 3,671 food items.

Third was ALOFT AeroArchitects with $1, 052 for 3,196 items.

Sussex Central High School receives a plaque from Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent. The school contributed 572 items to the county’s Caroling on The Circle food drive.

Each year, Caroling on The Circle kicks off the holiday season for Sussex County, while serving as a community food drive to benefit local pantries. The highlight is the Caroling on The Circle event staged shortly after Thanksgiving in the heart of Georgetown. The campaign to “Pack the Pod” continues well into December.

Launched in 1984 as part of the Delaware First initiative, Caroling on The Circle continues to help those in need a generation later. To date, the community has donated some 700,000 canned goods through the Caroling on The Circle program throughout the course of its 34-year history.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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