He Mowed Lawns For Veterans In All 50 States, But He Was Just Getting Started
After mowing lawns for veterans in all 50 states, this Alabama man started a movement throughout the country inspiring children to help out, too.
An Alabama man is being praised for giving back to veterans in a big way. Rodney Smith Jr. of Hunstville has mowed lawns for veterans in all 50 states. When he set the goal last summer, it seemed almost impossible.
But, he was determined to accomplish it. Smith used social media to find a veteran in every state. He wanted to give back to those who serve and that’s exactly what he did!
The veterans whose lawns Rodney mowed served in World War II through modern-day conflicts. He feels honored to have been able to help out veterans across the country and at all different stages of life.
But, that’s not all he’s doing to help out his community.
Helping The Elderly During The Pandemic
Rodney also mows lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents, and veterans in his own community. When he’s there, he delivers food and supplies that are much needed during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people in his community donate money that he then uses to purchase hand sanitizer, fresh fruit, and other items he gives to those who can’t leave their homes.
He’s spreading so much hope that The White House took notice and tweeted about it.
“In addition to mowing for the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans, free of charge, Rodney is delivering food and supplies as well.”
THANK YOU for your great service to the community! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/q615nCJjkU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 3, 2020
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That’s not all that Smith is doing. He has started an entire movement. Children across the country are taking his 50-yard challenge. They pledge to mow 50 lawns for anyone in need, including veterans, elderly, and those with disabilities. Smith said “he was just a man on a mission from God.”
As you can see from the Instagram post below, Rodney Smith has inspired a number of American children to help serve their neighbors.
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I have updated our numbers. We now have 824 kids taking part in the 50 yard challenge . 824 x 50 = 41,200 lawns to be mowed for FREE for the elderly, disabled, single parents and veterans by kids who are taking part in the 50 yard challenge . You kids are heroes ! The goal is to have 1,000 kids signed up by the end of the year. * *Mistake in the first row, I hit the backspace button. Next to AL it’s two numbers. That 2 is suppose to be where is Alaska then the other numbers follow down . Will correct it next upload* ** More info about the 50 Yard Challenge :https://weareraisingmen.com/50-yard-challenge/
This all started when Smith was 15 years old. He saw an elderly man attempting to mow his lawn. The teen stopped and helped the man. And, he hasn’t stopped helping others since.
That’s why he founded Raising Men Lawn Service.
When a person accepts Smith’s 50-lawn challenge, he gives them a new lawn mower, weed eater, and blower!
His kindness and goodwill has spread across the country. He explains this program in the video below.