It’s that time of year-the holiday season; a season with so many in the giving spirit and so many people in need. One specific group to remember during this time is foster children. We look to organizations that assist those in need; one fairly new organization is the Lawrence & Dollye Smith Foundation for Foster Children. Their mission is to encourage foster children through scholarship and mentorship—a legacy left by its namesake, Judge Lawrence Smith.
Lawrence “Larry” Smith was born in Cleveland, OH. At his birth, he was given up for adoption and grew up in the Ohio foster system. Although he eventually found his biological family, he talked fondly of the social workers and coaches who encouraged him to work hard and achieve his dreams. Fueled by that encouragement, he did just that: he worked hard; he went to college and law school; he was a commissioned officer in the US Army and became a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. At the time of his passing, he was an appellate judge on the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board. Remembering those who encouraged him, Judge Smith lived a life of mentoring and encouraging those around him—young and old alike. He and his wife, Dollye, were givers who invited people into their home all year long. During Christmastime, everyone was welcome for dinner, and Judge Smith and his family always had extra gifts for any guest.
Judge Smith passed away in May 2013. To continue his legacy, his widow and children created the Lawrence & Dollye Smith Foundation for Foster Children. Although fairly new, the foundation is already assisting those in foster care with college scholarship programs and Giving the Gift of Christmas and has events and opportunities planned throughout year.
For more information about the foundation, to volunteer, or make a donation, please go to www.foundationforfosterkids.org or call 855-544-7778.