Ravens running back Justin Forsett and former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith are headed to Flint, Mich., on Tuesday to lend support to the city as it grapples with a growing water crisis.
Forsett wrote on his personal blog last week that he had partnered with a group of about 20 NFL players to donate about $100,000 worth of body wipes and water — Forsett's company, ShowerPill, produces antibacterial body wipes — and tweeted Tuesday that he was flying to Flint.
On my flight to Flint & I'm so thankfully for all the support from all the guys who donated especially Flints own @MarkIngram22 #ThanksBro
"We are not trying to just put a Band-Aid on the situation, but are looking to make a real impact and hopefully work on long-term solutions," Forsett wrote last week. "One thing I learned from interacting with those involved with the Baltimore riots is that people just want to be heard. When we spoke to the kids there, so many of them said they felt like they didn't have a voice and that nobody cared about them. Giving them an ear meant a lot."
Flint is under a state of emergency because state regulators allowed the city to switch its water source in 2014 without adding anti-corrosion chemicals.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday is expected to propose an additional $195 million in state spending to address the city water emergency, including $25 million to potentially replace lead-contaminated pipes.
"Our hope is that by spending quality time in the community and letting the residents know that we love and support them, we can make a real impact," Forsett wrote. "It's not like talking to a huge auditorium of people. Even if we impact one person's life, it will be worth the trip. Many guys in the NFL came from difficult upbringings (including the three of us) and were still able to make it out and do positive stuff in this world. We are coming to deliver that message, encourage them and hopefully be a light for the people there."