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Rotary Club Donates Coats for Kids in Need

8 October 2019 Front Royal/Warren County News

October 8, 2019

FRONT ROYAL – The Rotary Club of Front Royal announced that they are once again partnering with Warren County Social Services. The Club will donate coats for kids through Operation Warm.

Last year, the Rotary Club handed out 87 coats to children in need as identified by the Department of Social Services. The coat donation program is tied to the annual Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program. RCFR provided 120 boxes of food to needy families throughout Front Royal and Warren County via the Doc Smith program. The Club has established a permanent fund through the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to collect donations for Operation Warm. Information on how to make a tax-deductible donation can be found online.

County Administrator Doug Stanley explained in a press release that the idea to work with Operation Warm actually came from other localities in the Shenandoah Valley.

“The idea for the effort came from the Coats for Kids Program in Winchester/Frederick County,” Stanley said. “In talking with Erik Beatley, Chairman of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and organizer of the Coats for Kids Program there, it seemed like a great opportunity to meet a need in the Front Royal-Warren County community. We are hoping that we will be able to expand the program this year.”

Stanley also said that the Club’s goal is to collect 150-175 coats for the upcoming holiday season. The dollar goal to meet for the Rotary Club is $3000, all of which would be used to purchase coats for needy children in the area. Individuals and businesses can make direct donations. Businesses may also place direct donation boxes inside their buildings during the holiday season.

Operation Warm started in 1998 to provide coats for school children in need. OW is based out of Pennsylvania, and more information can be found on the programs website: www.operationwarm.org. 


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