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Holiday Carol Sing raises food, money for locals in need

December 31, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Residents who attended the Holiday Carol Sing on Dec. 17 at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers contributed plenty of canned goods and cash to help the Everyday Marketplace & Caf of CCMI feed the hungry in Southwest Florida.

About 2,500 pounds of food was donated at the 23rd Annual Holiday Carol Sing, which was sponsored and organized by the Galloway Family of Dealerships.

The canned goods will be distributed to families in need, according to event organizers.

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Kyle Kosecki, Chase Davis, James Walls and Tyler Kosecki, all of Lehigh Acres, collect food for the Everyday Marketplace & Café.

"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."

About 2.000 people attended the three performances, which featured a sing-a-long with the First Presbyterian Church Choir, special guest soloists and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

The Everyday Marketplace & Caf of CCMI was founded as The Soup Kitchen by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers in 1984.

The Holiday Carol Sing is a major source of support for CCMI, a nonprofit made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger.

The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through the Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs.

For information about CCMI, call (239) 332-SOUP (7687) or visit:



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