GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON HELPING FAMILY OF OLYMPIAN GET TO SOCHI

Jessica Smith, daughter of Ricky and Reina Smith of Melvindale, is going to the Sochi Winter Olympics. 


Reina works at Bob's Hair Salon on Pelham south of Ecorse in Taylor.

Jessica will be representing the USA on the Women's Short Track Speed skating Team. The family is seeking support to defray the costs of going all the way to Sochi.

Since Rick is a truck driver and Reina is a barber, money is usually tight. Looking ahead to Sochi, a trip for Smith's parents could run as high as $40,000 for plane, hotel and food.

Various people in the Downriver area who know the Smiths have started a grassroots effort to help the family fulfill the ultimate dream. 
Anyone who would like to contribute to this grassroots effort should make their check payable to "Rick and Reina Smith" and mail it in care of Bev Sullivan, Arvin J. Pearlman & Associates, PC, 24725 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 220,  Southfield, MI, 48034.