Community volunteers were recognized at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting for doing their part in the County’s annual Caroling on the Circle food drive.
“This past year,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson on Feb. 9, “was the County’s 32nd year of the Caroling on the Circle event, “where friends and neighbors gathered on Dec. 7 to sing carols and ring in the Christmas season, but more importantly to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for local food banks.”
Caroling on the Circle was started in 1984 as part of the Delaware First Initiative. The event serves as a community food drive to benefit local food pantries.
“To date, the community has donated more than 670,000 canned goods through the Caroling on the Circle program during the course of its 32-year history,” said Lawson. “Thanks to the great generosity of this community and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, many of whom have joined us today, we collected over 23,500 items and raised over $6,000, which was also used to purchase additional items.”
Lawson said the items collected were donated to approximately 15 area pantries, shelters and organizations for distribution within Sussex County.
The Sussex County Council recognized and presented a plaque to the following groups for their contribution:
• Colonial East L.P., which donated $400 and 480 items;
• West Bay Homeowners Association, which donated $400 and 480 items;
• Fuqua, Yori & Willard P.A., which donated $500 and 600 items;
• Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association, which donated 2,561 items and 11 bags of clothing;
• First State Manufactured Housing Association, which donated $2,085 and 2,502 items;
• Millsboro Middle School, which donated 2,452 items;
• Sussex County Council, which donated $500 and 600 items;
• Sussex County employees, who donated 1,352 items;
• All-Span Inc., which donated $200 and 240 items;
• Georgetown Elementary School, which donated 2,405 items;
• Georgetown Middle School, which donated 200 items;
• H.O. Brittingham Elementary School, which donated 500 items;
• Milton Elementary School, which donated 650 items;
• Long Neck Elementary School, which donated 2,622 items;
• Sussex Academy, which donated 307 items;
• Little Einstein Preschool, which donated 151 items;
• A.P. Croll and Son Inc., which donated 1,000 items;
• Sussex County Association of Realtors, which donated $250 and 300 items; and
• Aloft AeroArchitects, which donated $2,000, 48 turkeys and 3,074 other items.
Lawson said the County also thanked Mark Roethel for his donation of a portable storage container in which to store the donations throughout the food drive, and Best Equipment Inc. for the donation of their wagon.
“Again, another tremendous effort by the community this year,” Lawson said. “Thank you all very much.”
The county council this week also awarded a $500 grant to Cape Henlopen High School for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program; a $2,000 grant to River Soccer Club for its field construction project, to replace one of its seven soccer fields; and a $2,500 grant to Camp Barnes for its mess-hall renovation project.