As a child, your parents probably paid you to mow the lawn, or gave you that chore as punishment when you were bad. But as an adult, Rodney Smith Jr. is on a mission to mow lawns across all 50 states. But it’s not because he’s just cuckoo over landscaping. Oh no! He’s not doing this because he needs a little extra cash on the side. Smith’s mission is actually quite noble. He doesn’t just want to travel, he wants to focus on helping area residents who can’t cut their own lawn because of physical issues. He’s also willing to lend a helping hand to those who are pressed for time. And best of all, he’s doing it free of charge.It all began back in 2016, when he was driving home after school and noticed an elderly man outside trying to mow his lawn in Huntsville, Alabama. Smith realized that the man was struggling, so he pulled his car over and lent him a hand. This inspired his lawn mowing traveling mission.
Take Mr. Barnett, for example. The Nashville, Tennessee veteran needed a little extra help with his lawn and Smith was more than happy to help. He also thanked Mr. Barnett for his military service before moving on to the next house.
They admit that they have tried mowing the lawn themselves, but they have found it difficult, and the fact that their lawn mower is broken doesn’t help matters one bit. Fortunately, Smith came to their rescue and they said that his help meant the world to them.
Talk about being considerate! When he arrived in Alabama, he asked his followers to let him know if they knew of anyone who was disabled, elderly, a veteran, or a single mom who could use some help mowing their lawn for free.
This was the second lawn he moved in this area, and since Sarah and Harris are both disabled, they were very happy to get some much-needed assistance from Smith. After that, it was on to the next house thanks to the organization he created called “Raising Men Lawn Care Service.”
Smith’s help meant a great deal to her and he was happy to make her day. In 2017 alone, he drove to 48 states, even flying to Alaska and Hawaii. He cut an average of four lawns per day for 39 days. Now that takes a lot of dedication!
He’ll actually stay a night and talk to folks in the area about what his organization does in the hopes of encouraging more support for his amazing cause that helps those in need. He’ll also ask his followers to nominate someone who needs their lawn cut.
Most people are initially puzzled by his mission because his services are completely free. But already, his organization encourages kids to follow his example and give back to the community by mowing lawns for those in need.
Kids are now posting photos on social media saying that they accept Smith’s challenge. In return, he gives them a white t-shirt that says “Raising Men Lawn Care.” They’ll get a different colored shirt for every 10th lawn that they mow. If they get to 50, Smith will gift them a brand-new lawn mower.
Smith recalls that as a child, he wasn’t a big fan of mowing lawns. But he feels that God turned something that he used to find awful into something that he now loves to do because it has given him a noble purpose.