Residents who attended the Holiday Carol Sing on Dec. 11 at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers contributed plenty of canned goods and cash to help the Everyday Marketplace and Cafe of CCMI feed the hungry in Southwest Florida.
About 2,500 pounds of food was donated at the 22nd annual event, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The canned goods will be distributed immediately to families in need, according to organizers.
"It is so gratifying to see our community coming together to help those less fortunate, especially during these difficult economic times," Sam Galloway Jr., the event founder, said. "The need has never been greater."
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Tim Kemp, of the Galloway Family of Dealerships, and Lehigh Acres resident Renae Kosecki collect canned goods for the Everyday Marketplace and Cafe.
About 2,000 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the church choir, special guest soloists and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
It is the third of three annual community sing-a-longs presented by First Presbyterian Church and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. The other two are Mrs. Edison's Hymn Sing in February and A Midsummer Night's Sing in July.
All three events benefit the Everyday Marketplace and Cafe.
CCMI is an innovative nonprofit organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in the community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through its Everyday Cafe and Marketplace and home delivered meals programs.
CCMI also educates 40 children in its Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through the Cape Coral United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 1,500 children each school year.
For more information about CCMI, call 332-SOUP or visit: www.ccmileecounty.com.
For information about First Presbyterian, call 334-2261 or visit: www.fpcfortmyers.org.