Rodney Smith is on a mission to mow lawns for veterans, elderly individuals, single moms, and those who are handicapped in all 50 states.
Two years ago, Smith started Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which encourages boys and young men to give back to the community by mowing lawns for those in need, after he saw an elderly man struggling to mow his lawn. When Smith got out of his car and helped the man finish his yard, he decided to start the organization in his hometown — Huntsville, Alabama. Now, 137 kids in the United States, and a few others abroad, are mowing lawns in their communities, Smith told CBS News.
The organization’s Instagram account features photos of kids who have accepted the “50 Yard Challenge” to mow, for free, 50 yards that belong to people in need in their communities.
(Swipe left to see all) Family, Please help me welcome Malik from Katy,TX, Marcus from Tupelo,MS, Gian and Mia from Vero Beach, FL , Aiden from Springfield, OH and Matthew from Jacksonville, FL to the Raising Men Lawn Care Service Family. They have all stepped up and accepted the 50 yard challenge. Thank you all for wanting to make a difference in your community! Your white shirts will be send out to you along with your shades and ear protection .
Also: selfies with smiling lawn care recipients.
I had the pleasure of mowing Mr and Mrs Perry’s lawn for them in Baltimore, MD. He has COPD which makes it hard for him to get out and mow. I’m glad I was able to help them out . Making a difference one lawn at a time . (I mowed their lawn yesterday evening . Had a news crew that wanted to come out to do a story). Still looking for more lawns . Swipe left to see all pictures
For my first lawn in NJ, I had the pleasure of mowing Ms.Halvorsen’s lawn for her . She’s currently battling breast cancer . Such a strong woman . Please have her in your prayers . I also had Matt And PJ come out to help , the two young men as well as Lyndsey and Steve our RMLCS family members . Making a difference one lawn at a time .
Last year, Smith challenged himself to mow lawns in all 50 states, which he completed thanks to help from supporters who he says do things like sponsor his rooms and give him gas cards. He also received support from the lawn care company Briggs and Stratton.
This year, he’s challenging himself to do it all again, but this time, he’s focused on speaking to schools and community centers to get more kids involved in giving back. He wants to reward the kids who’ve completed the challenge by meeting them in person and surprising them with a new lawn mower. Eventually, he’d like to setup a scholarship fund for them.
On Tuesday, Smith announced he had mowed lawns in 25 states — marking the halfway point of the challenge.
I have officially mowed in 50% of the country . I’m traveling across America mowing free lawns for the elderly, disabled, single moms, and veterans . Driving to 48 states and flying to Alaska and Hawaii . 25 states completed 25 more to go ! Started May 17th 2018 . pic.twitter.com/LqCPlYXyjm
— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) June 12, 2018
You can learn more about RMLCS and buy a shirt or donate to support the project here.