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Rotary Club helps hundreds over the holidays

14 January 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News

The Rotary Club of Front Royal distributed 128 boxes of food to families in need through its Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program. Through this project, they were able to directly impact the lives of approximately 350 people in the community this year, providing basic food staples to families in need to make sure they can have a traditional Christmas dinner. In partnership with the Warren County Department of Social Services, the club was also able to add 80 winter coats to provide to children of the recipients.

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 100-175 families throughout Warren County. A local Sorority, Psi Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, had coordinated this program for approximately 30 years. The Sorority approached the Rotary Club of Front Royal in 2003 about the possibility of taking over this program, and the club gladly did so.

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