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Rotary Club of Front Royal Helps over 100 Families through “Doc Smith” Christmas Basket Program

19 January 2017 News

The Rotary Club of Front Royal delivered 120 boxes of food to needy families through its Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program.  On Friday, December 18th volunteers from the Rotary Club helped pack up donated food items into gift boxes that were either picked up or delivered on Saturday, December 19th.

According to Chairman Bret Hrbek, “The goal of the Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program is to provide basic food staples to families in need in the community to make sure that they can have a traditional Christmas dinner.”

The Doc Smith Baskets included the following items:

• Ham
• Turkey

• Bread
• Powdered Milk
• Stuffing Mix
• Jelly

• Bag of Flour

• Bag of Sugar

• Canned Vegetables
• Miscellaneous Items

The Doc Smith program has been a long-standing program in Front Royal.  It was originated by Edgar C. Smith, Chief of Police, in 1916 who was most commonly referred to as Doc Smith.  The program was named after him based on his continued service to the needy.  This program typically services 100-150 families throughout Warren County. A local Sorority (Psi Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority) had coordinated this program for approximately 30 years (1973-2003).  The Sorority approached the Front Royal Rotary Club in 2003 about the possibility of taking this program over.  The Rotary Club gladly did so.

Chairman Bret Hrbek added, “I really want to thank all of those who donated food items, cash and/or their time for the project.  Through this project we have directly impacted the lives of approximately 320 people in our community this year.”

The list of donors includes:

  • Edward Jones                                      
  • Walter & Walter Insurance
  • Little Rugratz Daycare
  • C-Cap                                               
  • Martin’s                                              
  • Royal Cinemas
  • The Apple House                                
  • Natural Results Chiropractic                
  • United Methodist Women      
  • Warren County Economic Development Authority
  • IT Federal
  • The Front Royal United Methodist Church
  • The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
  • Warren County Parks & Recreation
  • Members of the Rotary Club of Front Royal
  • Warren County High School & Middle School Interact Clubs

According to current Club President Jennifer McDonald, “The Doc Smith Basket Program is one of the more exciting and personally fulfilling projects that we work on each year.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to personally thank our Committee Chair Bret Hrbek and each of the volunteers for putting in the time and effort to help make Christmas a little brighter for 120 families in the Front Royal-Warren County community.”

The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank its FY 2016-2017 Club sponsors.  With the sponsors’ support, the Club is able to better serve the Front Royal-Warren County community.



The Apple House, Axalta, Joseph F. Silek, Jr., PC, George Karnes,

Valley Health/Warren Memorial Hospital


CBM Mortgage, Charles and Margaret Huber, Edward Jones, ITFederal, LCW, Ron and Corrine Llewellyn, Kathy P. Napier, Pennoni, Republic Services, Sodexho America, Inc., Union Bank and Trust, Wells Fargo


Frederick Andreae, Architect


BB&T Mortgage, Ellen Aders – State Farm Insurance, Family Pharmacy, Fitness Evolution, Marlow Motors, Pond Law Group, PC, Royal Oak Animal Clinic, Inc.,Via Satellite


B&G Goods, Little Rugratz Daycare, Via Satellite

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