The Smiths are a family built on charity. Pat Smith shared pictures of her, Emmitt, and the kids’ latest fundraiser that had to do with racing for the greater good.

“It’s a family affair,” Pat wrote after the day’s events convened. “Such a blessing to spend time with my babies, hubby, and amazing friends at the 2017 Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo,” she exclaimed. “The kids had the CUTEST face paintings. I’m so grateful to the families that enjoyed the day with us. We had a blast!”


And what a blast! Emmitt and Pat gave to charity and this year’s marathon winner who received $10,000 for finishing the race first. “Congratulations to Jonathan Brown for winning the $10,000 cash purse in the timed 100-mile course,” Pat wrote online. “This is so much bigger than racing,” she added. “What he has done impacts kids all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And for that we are grateful.”

Jonathan was one of many athletes to raise awareness and funds for Hurricane Harvey victims who lost everything in the flood. The Smiths contributed $18,000 to the Dallas Unified School District to help survivors who relocated to the Dallas area after being displaced by the storm.

The Paisley Grace Boutique was quite instrumental in the Smiths’ efforts to help their neighbors. Pat even gave the online women’s retail store a shoutout on her Instagram page. “So blessed to have great friends! @paisleygraceboutique created a custom shirt and raised $22,000 to help us provide relief to those affected by the hurricanes,” she wrote.

Paisley responded with a beautiful post of its own. “So blessed to be part of this,” the store wrote on Pat’s page. “Our customers rock!!! We sold over 700 shirts in two hours and gave 100% of proceeds (plus a little extra to get to the magic number of 22!) to hurricane relief!!! Thanks so much for your gracious and sweet spirit!!! PGB is proud to support.”

Hurricane Harvey displaced millions and claimed the life of dozens when it touched down in Houston a few weeks back. Many residents are trying to pick up the pieces and move forward after the record-breaking storm. You can learn about ways to help the victims here.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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