The community is rallying to support the family of a Rockland police officer whose infant is faced with a significant medical challenge.

A benefit spaghetti dinner and raffle has been re-scheduled for noon, Saturday, Feb. 2,  at the Rockland Ellks Lodge, 210 Rankin St. The Sunday, Jan. 20 snowstorm postponed the originally scheduled date.

The dinner and raffle will benefit for the family of Officer Ken Smith and his wife, Patricia. The couple had a baby girl, Alexandria, Nov. 27.

"Unfortunately, the happiness was short-lived and the Smith family experienced every parent’s worst nightmare," according to a statement on the Facebook page for the benefit spaghetti dinner. "Alexandria was diagnosed with a heart defect and was transferred to the intensive care unit. Baby Alexandria had open-heart surgery, along with a barrage of new tests and procedures. The expectations of the hospital are good, but the road ahead is unsure and is certainly paved with the unknown. The doctors say the stay in Boston could last as long as a few more months."

The benefit supper will help raise funds to ease the financial burden that has been placed on the Smith family. The hosts of the benefit are Carl Anderson and Maria Armstrong Solorzano.

"Please join us for a great meal among friends of the community. There will be food, refreshments and raffle items with all proceeds going to the Smith family," according to the Facebook post.

"This is a great chance to show support for not only a first responder in need of a hand, but more than that, a family that needs help with a hardship that needs and will have a positive outcome," according to the post.

For more information, contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or canderson@rocklandmaine.gov

The price at the door is $10 cash for adults and $5 cash for children younger than 10 years old.

Smith Joined the Rockland Police Department in 2018, coming from Juneau, Alaska.

"Ken has dedicated his life to serving the community and now, like all of our public safety and especially our police officers, risks his life every day protecting the citizens of Rockland. Officer Smith and his family need our help. Ken, along with his wife, Patricia, son Cameron and new daughter Alexandria Rose are experiencing a major financial hardship and it’s our turn to now help them and show the family that we all stick together, especially in hard times, and we have their back. Between lodging, transportation and daily life, we are going to come together to support our brother in blue in his time of need."