Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund Provides Grants to Seven Nonprofits

FREDERICK, MD – December 21, 2015: Grants totaling $6,500 from The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund have been provided to seven SgtDavidSmithgrants.resizednonprofits. The fund is one of more than 675 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Two grants will provide support for injured and recovering servicemen and women and their families. Operation Second Chance and Semper Fi Fund each received a $1,000 grant. Other grants will be used locally for those in need. Frederick Rescue Mission received a $1,000 grant, Friends of Meals on Wheels received a $2,000 grant, and Heartly House, Blessings in a Backpack, and Friends for Neighborhood Progress each received a $500 grant.

In 2010, Mary Jane McWilliams, John H. Jones, Leonard A. Smith, and Olga Smith created The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund through the Community Foundation in memory of their son, Sgt. David J. Smith, who was wounded in combat at Helmand Province of Afghanistan and died in Germany due to injuries from serving his country.

To date, The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund has provided more than $95,000 in grants to nonprofits that assist servicemen and women as they recuperate and re-enter civilian life, and nonprofits that provide basic human needs such as shelter and food, and those with substance addictions. The fund has also provided scholarships totaling $29,500 to students pursuing post-secondary education.

To make a secure, online donation to The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund, visit Checks made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County may be mailed to 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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